Arrived a few minutes early. Claudio (I think) met us at the airport. Arrived hotel fine (bit of rush hour traffic). Room not ready until 1:30.
Dropped bags and realized cough syrup leaked in my healthy bag, yuck. Cleaned it out and went across the piazza for cornetto con crema, bombolini, 2 hot chocolates, cappucinio and espresso - made the mistake of sitting - ouch almost 20 E. Really, had to sit though - who could trust the kids not to spill HC down their shirts, standing.
After breakfast, walked to Campo Di Fiori via Piazza Navona. Spent some time quizzing kids 1) who made the statue 2) which river hides his face, etc., they actually liked that.
Becky made sure we eyed ever single stall at the campo, especially the ones selling cheap jewelry.
Walked towards ghetto. Spent some time exploring Porto de Octavia and Teatro Marcello. Strolled around synagogue then returned to hotel via Torre di Agrintina (sp). Kids love cats. There is a tour on Sat at 3:30. Maybe on the 8th if we have time, we will do it.
Returned to hotel, room still not ready. Went for first gelato, becky & sammi had carmello. Sammi didn't like, bummer. I had banana. It was okay - didn't seem fresh. Have to remember to get name of place.
Went to Pantheon (Sammi has been nagging all morning to go). Strolled around, quized kids again then returned to hotel.
Hotel could not get through to La Lampada for lunch, kids and us a bit tired so we opted for Pasquales pizza instead. 1 large beer, 2 coca colas, 2 slices plain, 1 slice artichoke and 1 slice funghi - 13 Euro.
Upstairs ran into Peter. He trained down with a family from Las Vegas who are staying in Tuscany. Just here for the day.
Starts to pour while we eat (until then just sprinkles here and there). We wait for the rain to stop then walk back via del Corso so Chris can try to find store he thought was there that sells soccer jersies. Could not find. Teems as we turn corner to head back towards pantheon.
Return to hotel, room ready in 10 minutes. Girls suggest a quick run across to see Pantheon again, with rain streaming through hole. Chris waits at hotel. We forget umbrellas. Every umbrella hawker in the area swarms us.
Pantheon pretty cool in the rain - with bright light, it almost seems as if it is snowing. Run into Peter there too - "stop following me" he jokes.
Back to hotel for this blog entry and to finally get into our room.