Today Marc and I leave on my 50th birthday trip to Europe. We’ll be gone for 19 days to Rome, Venice, Munich and Amsterdam. We decided to have a service take us to the airport so we wouldn’t have to leave our car at the airport for so long, which worked out great. We also decided to just take backpacks so the airline couldn’t lose my luggage again. That didn’t work out so great…they’re too heavy. We tried to pack light, but they’re still heavy.
Our flights went from OKC to Atlanta, then Amsterdam, then Rome. Everything went smooth until we went through security in Amsterdam. The alarm went off when I went through the x-ray machine, and I was taken aside by some woman and patted down. This was no ordinary pat down. I left feeling a little violated. She felt everything from the bows on my underwear to the underwire in my bra. The only things she didn’t mess with were the fillings in my mouth. I am all about security, I just didn’t expect that much of a pat-down.
We arrived in Rome on time with our luggage. WooHoooo, two points for Delta Airlines! We checked into our apartment at the Hotel Crosti. It’s a very basic little apartment, with everything we could need on a 5-day stay. It even has a washing machine. My only issue is that it’s on the 5th floor and the elevator is very small, about 4x3, but I’ll deal with it. The weather is perfect, about 75 degrees and sunny.
We unpacked and went to the Capuchin Crypt at the Church of the Immaculate. The bones of deceased friars were transported from the old friary and laid to rest in this cemetery. According to the literature we received, the bones were arranged along the walls, as well as the bodies of poor Romans. This picture is a scan of a postcard, because we could not take pictures.
Soon after, we walked to the Spanish Steps and shopped. I bought 3 bars of soap for 14 euro. I’m sure this is just the beginning of my soap purchases…I LOVE Italian soap! We ate ravioli for dinner near the apartment, and went home. We were very tired and sleeping by 8:30pm.
I‘m so happy to be back in Rome…it was a wonderful first day.