Arrived in Arpino yesterday (Saturday), but not without a few tense moments! After a nice breakfast at the hotel we all headed off to the Rome termini lugging our cases behind us, like many people in Rome do, so you don't look out of place at all. We got there in plenty of time and purchased our tickets from the self help machine quiet easily, but with no idea which platform. Finally found a timetable, and got to the train with much time to spare, while wondering if it really was the right one, a nice old Italian man butted into our chatting and told us that they change platforms at the last minute regularly, so off to the next one we all trapesed, get all our cases onto the train, Rob being the muscle man having to haul them all into the door, we found a seat to settle in. But noticed many people walking further up the front of the train?? We were on the wrong one, so repeated the process to the next train. Finally settled we had a lovely 2 hour trip through the Italian country side. Very green and pretty, with many little villages, Liam had a sleep.
Arrived at Roccosecca station on time, once again lugged all the cases and the child that constantly whines about having sore legs ,who is mostly pushed in the pram!!! up a long road to the bus stop to catch the bus for 1.30PM as we were informed, Rob purchased the tickets just before siesta time, and we waited for the bus, and waited and waited, and waited, to finally find out that there are NO buses to Arpino on a Saturday afternoon. Poor Norma went into panic mode :-/ Our first thought was maybe try and hire a car, and if worst come we could stay a couple of nights in Roccosecca. Then Norma gathered her thoughts and phoned some people she knew in Arpino (she realised the worth of my mobile phone!!) they came to the rescue and gave us a lift to Arpino. Got to the little house "La Bunca" they call it, we settled in, met the french neighbours, had a sleep, and walked into town for tea.
Will post some nice photos soon have been posting just a taste taken with the iphone.