A bump start, a walk around, get lost, get found, drinks, cures Steph's hiccoughs.
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I'm sure the pilot was putting abdominal muscles to the test as we touched down (twice actually), but we were here. We managed to find a cheap bus to take us all into the city and drop us off at the main station. Luckily all of our hostels were quite close by so that was perfect. I left everyone at this point and we agreed a tentative meeting time at the Hard Rock Cafe.
I got checked in, washed, shaved, and showered and got straight back out to make my way down to the Hard Rock Cafe. I walked in to find no-one there. A quick call to Wayne confirmed they had to check in later and so couldn't meet until after that. I chose to go and see a bit of the city instead of waiting around and so agreed to meet up with everyone later on.
Over the course of the day, I completely knackered myself out. I walked and walked... and walked. It was like pointless marathon training! I had a map, but chose to only use it sparingly. I prefer serendipidous findings and was happy enough just soaking up the atmosphere on the streets. I quickly found the Piazza Di Spagna (and the Spanish Steps) and hung out here for a while. I was loving the amount of backpackers and street entertainers. It was pretty cool. I grabbed a slice of pizza here and after a while I went up to the Piazza Del Popolo. It's a beautiful square, but again it's loaded with camera happy tourists :D
By now I was quite up for seeing a few more places and had that surge of energy that had previously gone AWOL.
I didn't realise I was so close, so when I saw it, I headed towards it. On the way, all the old Roman ruins can be seen and so that made this walk quite a slow one.
After this, I had just one major attraction left to see for the day - The Pantheon. I decided to take a route slightly out of town, via a few more ruins. Now, you know when you get that feeling of "Shit, where the bloody hell am I?", well... need I go on? My sense of direction is better than any map, or so I decided to my detriment. Anyway, after about an anxious hour of walking through residential Rome, I found where I was and chose to use the map from then on!
I found my way to the Piazza Novona (another beautiful square filled with gorgeous fountains) and strolled around a couple of corners to the Patheon.
Obviously, time was now getting on a bit, so I went back to the Trevi fountain and met back up with Wayne, Steph and another TBer, Dennis. It was just so nice to have good sit down and a chat. Dennis has recently moved to Rome and was highly knowledgeable of the city already. He was a extremely useful guide to have with us. Cheers Dennis.
We went for a few beers, including one at MacDonalds of all places hehe, but it was quite expensive and to be fair, we were all pretty tired.