Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day Four

Already starting my fourth day in Rome, and already falling in love with the city.

The rest of my trip was uneventful, except my luggage got lost. It was left in Paris when I had a super short layover. My bag is supposed to be delivered today, I am going crazy without it! I just want to have my own toiletries and wear a different outfit and shoes! Thank God I brought a change of clothes and underwear in my carry on.

The first night I was here Luke took me out to a delicious dinner of bruschetta, pasta, and wine, then after dinner we got gelato and walked around. Let me tell you, ricotta and pear gelato might be my new favorite flavor in the world! We went on a long walk through almost the entire city and saw the Forum, the Colosseum, the Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona and the fountain of the four rivers, the Pantheon, Bernini’s angels on the bridge by Castel San’Angelo… and there’s probably something I forgot in that list. It was incredible! That you can just walk to all these places (I’ll admit I was exhausted afterward) and there are people everywhere no matter what time of night… I loved it.

We’ve been eating and drinking very well! A margherita pizza is 3euro (under $4) and so far both I’ve had have been big! There’s a tiny café by the apartment that sells cappuccino for 0.9euro – yep- ninety euro cents. They also sell bottles of Peroni for 1.50euro that you can “take away”. Last night we each got one then sat on the piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere watching the street performers and people walking around.

Now that Luke is at work during the day I’m trying to get myself on a schedule. So far here’s what it looks like.
-9AM wake up slowly, get dressed
-9:30 walk to the café, drink a cappuccino and watch the old Italian men yell at each other while they play cards. Read a book, maybe eat a cornetto.
-10:30 go to the tiny fruit and vegetable shop and get fresh produce for dinner. Possible stop in the cheese and salami shop, or wander through local boutiques.
-12 lunch, work on Italian lesson, do dishes, take a shower, take a siesta.
-1:30 go sight seeing for the afternoon, and meet Luke when he gets off work at 5pm.

Sounds pretty good huh?

 Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere by night

The ceiling of Santa Maria sopra Minerva

The Pantheon on the left looking into the square

Piazza Navona and Bernini's fountain

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