Here we go again ... 3rd card scammed!!
Raj: Having accepted only last week the consequences (higher travel costs) of my credit card being scammed and cancelled with no replacement for 2 months, Vikki's card not working since her scammed card was replaced (no PIN), today I get home and find someone has scammed my debit card for $1500! Don't know what the hell is happening and I feel totally insecure with more than 3 months to go. I didn't expect this, so now I'm just peeved and relying on Vikki's cool head to counter my hot head.
On a different note, we arrived in Rome yesterday, again with mixed driving experiences - directions, drivers and roads. The kids got into the pool after we unpacked. We had limited time and energy last night to plan our 3 full days in Rome itself. Dealing again with large cities, transport systems, reading maps, and seeking help with the language barrier proved challenging at times. I'll let Vikki go into more detail below, and hope our money issues (and the discomforting news of the recent earthquakes near Wellington) don't dampen my spirits over the next 2 days.
Vikki: Throughout this trip to date we've been quoting (well I have) "when in Rome do as the Roman's do", and well now here we are. Fancy that!
After a couple of very quiet days (check out the photo of one of my bruises, worst I've ever had) we are now back in the big city with lots of potential site seeing. I would have to say though we aren't as organised as usual and so today we kinda winged it. Got to Vatican City just after 10am and saw a queue of some 500m! B****r that in 30+ temps so moving on, we decided we would just wander the streets and walk to some sights, see what happens, and be a bit more organised for the next couple of days (well, that was before the scam issue). So today we wandered along cobbled streets and through piazza's, saw the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and ended the day at Villa Borghese, a large park where we hired a 4 wheel buggy bike, and pedalled around just like all the other tourists. Not too bad.
The Colosseum and Sistine Chapel are still on our to do list so fingers crossed we make it. At least we all threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain today, which, according to Anouk's research means that you'll be back in Rome some day again, so if we don"t see it now then later.