Well, after a few days of strugling with the free wi-fi and having no luck, the owner of the BandB was nice enough to let me use his computer.
So, here I sit to give you a little update on our comings and goings. My friend/writer Christine alerted me to an inernet cafe a few blocks from our home, which I hope to make a visit to today, so that I can post some pictures!
Honesty, what is a trip to Rome without the pictures-of which I think I have at least 400 at this point.
So far this is what we have done:
– Got stranded in the train station with no lines running and took the most delicious taxi ride, our driver pointing out the best sites
-Rode the bus for the first time in Rome and got on in the wrong direction
– Devoured gelato, twice a day
– Saw an Italian wedding while sitting in the Santa Maria of Trastevere church
– Met with about 10 writers/bloggers at an apartment in Garbatella, where we enjoyed an Italian food demonstation and the best food and wine I have had in Rome
– Eaten cacio e pepe, pasta all'amatriciana and abbacchio scottadito
– Wandered the streets of Trastevere
– Told lovingly by the Pharmasist, who sold me sunscreen, to lose weight for my health
– Have blisters on my blisters from all the walking
– Have spoken Italian and been understood
- Rode the bus, sans air-conditioning, in 90 degrees at rush hour with hundreds of Romans- and lived to ride again
– Bought a pretty Murano glass bracelet
– Had dinner with Jessica from WhyGoItaly at a local trat behind the Piazza Navona
– Strolled the Via Giulia, one of the oldest and prettiest streets in Rome; and of course took lovely pictures
– Got the finger wag from a Carabinieri when I tried to take his picture
– Was shooshed away from taking a picture of a door in our neighborhood by an official Italian somebody-or-other.
– Saw the Colosseo, Piazza Venezia, Forum and Fori Imperiale all lit up at nite
– Witnessed a butcher hard at work
– Visited the Pantheon
– Walked around the Campo dei Fiori market and bought some delicious cherries
– Have eaten our weight n Pizza Bianca and Pizza al Taglia
– Sniffed every jasmine plant trellising over walls, which perfume the entire city
– Sampled the best cappuccino in the city
– Shared an espresso granita con panna (with whipped cream) at the historic Tazza d'Oro cafe
I am sure there is so much more, but for now- that will give you some idea.
I promise several other posts, provided I can get my machooked up at the internet point today, includin some with photos and one with specifica of our BandB, which we do love, and is in a great location in Monti. We can walk out the door, look down the road and see a slice f the Colloseum as the backgound.
Pictures, website and other details on that to follow!
Thanks for hanging in with me- and as always, if you want more of a play-by-play, you can follow on Twitter.