July 9 th
When in Rome do as the Romans do
It took us 4 hours on the high speed train, the Frecciagento, to travel back to Rome. It travels up to 210 km/ hr. Very quiet and comfy. The girls read and caught up on their diaries, I caught up on the blog, Stan read and slept. Stan bought 2 books back from home for Alex and she has finished one already.
We arrived at the Roma Termini, caught the metro to the Spanish steps and went to our apartment at Via del Babuino 48, near Piazza del Popolo and Via del Corso, the premier shopping promenade . Unfortunately I forgot to ring the rental company before our arrival, so it was a hot and sweaty wait for Simone who showed us into our pad. It was a terrific apartment, quite spacious, modern with a groovy mezzanine level. Phew, I'm glad that Internet booking worked out.
Karen Quinlan has joined us again, the rest of her family aboard a yacht off the coast of Scotland. There was plenty of room for her to stay with us too. We met up with her friend Fran as well.
It's hot, in the high 30s, crowded and chaotic. We spent the afternoon visiting places like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezzia and making our way to Trastevere for dinner. So many beautiful buildings everywhere you looked. Cobblestone streets, fancy shops, endless pizzerias. We did struggle a bit to find our way home on the bus. Italians sort of only half give you directions but eventually we collapsed into bed just before midnight.