23.10.10 – According to Google Translate, which I should know isn’t always the most accurate, mangiare means eat, negozio means shop and vedi vista means sight see.
Yesterday was a full day. After breakfast in the hotel, Max and I headed out to see the Colosseum. The concierge at the hotel desk gave us a good hint. The tickets we needed for the Colosseum were also good for the nearby Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. The lines at the Colosseum are huge, even this time of year, but the line for tickets at the Palatine Hill are small. We headed to the Palatine Hill, got our tickets and headed immediately to the Colosseum. Luckily it only took a little over 10 minutes before we were inside. It was great to see it with Max. He had a fair share of good “how did they” questions which I tried my best to answer. We also spent some time meandering around the Palatine Hill and then headed to Altare della Patria, or wedding cake, to meet Kim and Laura. This was the end of the sight-seeing for the moment.
We then went to eat and found a nice place relatively close to our hotel. I’m going to have to have Kim remind me of the restaurants name but the proprietor, at least I think he owned the place, was Federico (pic), aka The Italian Michael Dukakis. The food was really good and Frederico made sure our table wasn’t at a loss for conversation. As a matter of fact, he barely let us have a conversation because he kept coming over to our table to shoot the breeze.
Max needed some down time in the hotel room so I dropped him back in hotel and headed out for a short walk by myself. I headed over to Piazza del Popolo and then back for a little shopping. I haven’t heard of Camper Shoes before but they have a store at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. One of the things I was interesting in finding to take back to Finland were some winter shoes. I found a really cool pair of shoes which may not exactly be winter shoes but they are warmer than anything else I have.
Overall it was a really good day!
- The Sublime and Wonderful Rome (hotelclub.com)
- In the footsteps of Rome’s gladiators (guardian.co.uk)
- Heads Up: More Doors Open in Rome (travel.nytimes.com)