Rome

We just got back to the hotel after about 7 hours of walking around the city.  We are resting before heading out to dinner.  Our favorite experience today was sitting in front of the Pantheon eating McDonalds fries and a Big Mac.  It seemed so wrong.  Both Venice and Florence had McDonalds, but today we saw at least half a dozen around the city.  The only other American fast food we’ve seen is a Burger King a few blocks from our hotel.  Today’s fries and Big Mac were was our first non-Italian food in almost a week.  I must admit it was a nice change of pace.

There are massive beautiful churches everywhere and we walked into everyone we came across.  We also went to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.  Rome is quite a bit of a walk because it is not even – you walk up and up only to walk back down the next block before walking up again.

We happened into a piazza where a political rally was being held.  We had no idea what was going on, so we moved along pretty quickly.  There is also a big police presence around the city.  Some of them are just standing on a side street with their hand on their guns ready to shoot.  It was weird. 

So far we have had fun.  We certainly won’t run out of things to do here.  There are tourist everywhere.  The car/scooter/pedestrian war is crazier then in Florence.  Everyone seems to think they have the right of way.  We just follow someone who looks like he knows what he’s doing.

Rome

Our train made it to Rome in an hour and a half!  We are getting ready to head out to the Spanish Steps and other fun stuff.  Rome is enormous! 

 

On to Rome

We are leaving beautiful Florence behind to travel to Rome.  I’m not sure how good our internet access will be at the hotel, so we’ll see if I can keep up.  I’m sad to be leaving our great hotel.  We have 2 1/2 hours on the train.

Yesterday I watched the Simpsons in Italian.  It was fun 🙂