All roads lead to Rome
23.05.2011 - 23.05.2011 26 °C
May 22...Kinda sucks but we just lost 8 hours in the travel but guess we will make it up on the way home as we arrive home 2 hours after we leave Milan. Had the hotel buffet breakfast which was enormous, yes, so big that I could hardly spell that big word. Had cloth napkins, tablecloths, silverware and uniformed waiters….wow….I like to travel in style! I can see more of this coming!! This breakfast was way better than the Canadian continental which includes a coffee and a Tim Horton donut (if you’re lucky enough to have breakfast included in your hotel).
Off to take a leisurely stroll and maybe find the coliseum, so armed with two maps and a compass, off we go…walking….okay, now we stumble upon a church…now I must tell you that I am inserting the names from the map in front of me cause I will need one day to match up pictures with names. This church was S. Maria Maggiore…our first glimpse of the majestic old HUGE churches and of course, why goes with churches? Well, there was the monument and the fountain of course and yes, salesmen…actually, they kinda looked Mexican…nah, mostly Indian, selling scarves, hats, sunglasses, umbrellas for the sun, umbrellas for the rain, jewellery. Of course, we weren’t planning on going into a church today, so I am dressed inappropriately to go in but it is so close to our hotel that I can come back with my knees and shoulders covered! After what seemed like 20 miles and many many grumbles coming from “Mantracker”, we find the Colliseum….from the backside…lol. So around to the front and see the Arco Di Constantino, take a short look around as we will tour here tomorrow with the group, we stop and have a pannini…this one was okay but not great. I had my eye on some great ones along the other street but I was not hungry then and now I am too exhausted to hike all that way back. John decides to have a ½ litre of beer so you know what our walk back involved…searching for the bano!
I have started on my scarf wardrobe and I can see I may need another suitcase to hold them all…wowser, I can’t believe the prices of scarves!!