Texans Roam Rome
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5.13.09 Texans Roam
Quote of the Day: â€śThe city of
This morning we enjoyed the pool and internet at the campground. We made a list of questions for the campground
We also enjoyed the campground store, that is well-stocked and substantially sized. While Iâ€™m sure the prices at the large store across the street (across the pedestrian bridge) must be cheaper, prices arenâ€™t ridiculous at the camp store.
I bought at the store a bottle of Heineken beer for Charles and promised to drink it for him so he can keep it as a souvenir. What a sacrifice! It is red and green with â€śRoma Finale 2009â€ť on it for the Champions League. Itâ€™s for the football finals that
Charles has been wearing his
This afternoon about 1:30 pm, we headed into downtown
We walked along Via del Corso, climbed the Spanish Steps, saw the Keats Museum where he died at age 25, admired all the designers storefronts along the Via Condotti (Gucci, Armani, etc), admired the enormous Monuments a Vittorio Emmanuele II, walked through the glass walkways over recent Roman excavations, gazed down the road at the Coliseum (which weâ€™ll see later), and backtracked to the Trevi Fountain, which we missed earlier by about 100 yards, where we threw coins over one shoulder and into the fountain to insure our return visit! Whew- great fun!
We then attempted to return to the campground. Youâ€™d think weâ€™d have public transportation figured out by now. But no! We had all sorts of mishaps getting home. We missed two different buses by mere seconds, among other things. Needless to say, weâ€™re not feeling too confident right now about our mastery by the end of our trip!
On the way home, we did manage to see the pedestrian bridge and get off at the right stop. Amazing! We arrived back to the campground around 7:30pm and got Charles the requisite pizza as take-away from the cafĂ© here. It was just 5E and delicious- we all got a sliver of his pizza, although weâ€™d bought our own earlier near one of our bus stops while we waited. We have a rule for Charles: Donâ€™t miss a single day in
Jazy and I bought Italian wine and Diet Coke from the store. We did ask at the campground cafĂ© if theyâ€™d serve Jazy wine, only from curiosity, not that Iâ€™d want my 14-year-old drinking alcohol. They are a private establishment and if I, as the Mother, wanted a glass of wine or a beer for my daughter, that would be fine with them. Now, if she came in alone and asked for a double-whiskey, then they might pause on that one. At least this is the way it was explained to us. Interestingâ€¦
Finally, we lounged in the chairs by the pool at sunset and played volleyball in the sand court. Some teens from
It really was a jungle! They attempted to find the ball from the top of the hill and we ran around to head up, but it was futile with the overgrowth and I think some nettles stung me. Nettles are stingers on plants that feel like fire ant bites or bee stings. Lia has gotten them several times before on this trip, but fortunately Orla was kind enough to include nettle ointment in Sugarâ€™s medical kit, so I put on some of that. I think that is a real benefit of an RV exchange- they give us nettle creme and we provide them calamine lotion for poison ivy!
The nice night watchman, who is from
So weâ€™re taking showers now in the blue-marble bathrooms, reading Harry Potter, and will tackle another part of
Since most of our adventures include taking the metro and then walking around to see the sights, we think the best plan is toâ€ť
1. Choose an area to explore
2. Get there on the metro
3. Walk around
4. Use metro/bus to return to campground.
Single tickets (1E each) are more economical and flexible for us, something I would not have suspected. It costs just 6E total for round trip tickets each day for 3 of us (Lia is free). If you have a few days, that plan really is less crazy than trying to see an entire city in a day with a pass. Plus, sometimes you need a day off, but multi-day passes require consecutive days of travel. So think carefully about whether youâ€™ll need a daily pass before you pay for one.
We talked tonight of how our anticipation of camping in
Iâ€™m off to take a shower in the blue marble bathroom!