When in Rome...

Trip Start Dec 03, 2005
Trip End Jul 19, 2007

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Drive like a maniac! They haven't quite reached the Nepalese / Indian level yet but they're not far behind!!! Fortunately I learnt all this as a passenger rather than a driver having rented a minibus for ourselves in order to see a few places around Rome. The first stop on my grand tour was Roma, Italy to see my lil bruv get hitched.

Visits involving water seemed to be the in thing, each at the opposite end of the scale. One was to some hot springs and the other was a visit to the sea by Sperlonga. Unfortunately the visit to the springs was cut short when we found out that the owner had joined an 'association' (apparently a lot of places are joining these to cover themselves in case anyone gets hurt and sues, resulting in places that were free now having an entrance fee) and entry was now €20. The fee was for a years membership which wasn't really much use to the tourist so we decided to head for Sutri instead.

The town's most impressive structure is the amphitheatre, completely carved out of local tufa stone. Although it is fairly small, it is still fascinating to think how much work went into creating it. There are also a countless number of caves excavated into the tufa cliffs.

We had blue skies pretty much all week and the small 'Big Day' was no exception. My fratello italiano was now becoming a man and tying the knot with his Italian principessa. After taking hundreds of photos (I kid you not! Digital cameras do have their advantages I have found!!!!) of the ceremony itself we went for the obligatory photo by the Colosseum. Somehow a pair of those real girly kind of shoes had found their way into my rucksack and onto my feet for the occasion. It was a bit of a shock to be honest but luckily only short-lived and they most certainly won't be coming any further with me.

So with Christmas fast approaching, we took the minibus out for another spin. This time it was to Sperlonga for a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea. My theory that men could withstand colder temperatures was completely shattered when, in front of my very eyes, "Me Ma" went running towards the sea and jumped straight in without stopping! Just the thought of it alone is enough to make me shiver!!!

Italy is a very tempting place to live. Picture this, a whole aisle of pasta both sides!!!!! Delicious wine, loads of pasta, real coffee and really nice people all make a good recipe in my books. Oh, and if you ever had any doubts, wine in the company of some wonderful people is the only way to improve your language skills!

Grazie a tutte e me piacere aversi conoscuito!
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