Today was my favorite day, i think, I don't know every day has been great but today was especially fun. We started early with the Forum. It was amazing as you can see by the pictures. It's huge and detailed. We saw the stadium, the vineyard, homes, churches, gardens, everything was like walking back in time.
After that we split for Wes to head over to the conference. I spent the afternoon at my favorite cafe with my favorite Italian lady who was amazed with my Kindle. From there I went over to the conference sight and read for a bit in the gardens before sneaking into the "Satellite's of the Outer Solar System" session to hear Wes's talk. I was so nervous for him that I couldn't even look at him, I just watched the slides. He really did well, the people in the audience even seemed to know what he was talking about. I, on the other hand, understand more of the what the lady in the cafe says to me in Italian than what he was saying but...oh well.
After the conference Wes and I passed the time waiting for our dinner companions by sitting at Pallazo Senatorio chatting about everything under the sun until we met up with Louise, Bob, and Dave for Louise's birthday. Bob took us to this local dive with the best gnocchi in all of Rome. There were no menu's, you chose your pasta and sauce from a verbal list, there was only one cup per person that you had to alternate between water and wine:) I was too full for the second course but Wes had spicy chicken and Dave had Roger Rabbit. For Louise's dessert we had pine nut cake and tiramisu. When the time came to pay, our waiter scribbled out the price for our orders on the paper that served as our table cloth. He was adorable and I loved it. It was like Diners, Dives, and Drive-in's Roma style.
A blog entry would not be complete without revealing our last stop for the evening....Gelato. My second today, and we just had dessert!!! We wound our way through the streets of old town and found a new way home crossing the Tiber river beyond the island??? Who knows, thank god my scientist can read a map and found us our way home.