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2006 Trip - Italy - Rome Arrival

Monday 5-8-06

Today our adventure begins - three weeks in Bella Italy!

A kind neighbor consented to drop us off at Palm Springs Airport where our journey was to begin. We first flew to Chicago on American Airlines, arriving at 8 pm and then departed for London Heathrow at 10 pm. A couple of hours in London before our British Airways flight to Rome. The good part was that we got to check our luggage all the way to Rome. Yeah!

Tuesday 5-9-06

I had arranged a pickup from RomeLimoService (Andrea sent a charming man named Giancarlo to pick us up).

Funny thing happened - I saw someone with a sign "Hallowell" and thought they had misspelled my name, so we greeted the driver and started out of the terminal when we saw another driver with my name spelled correctly.

What are the chances of two people with such similar names being in the same place at the same time? We met the other couple - they were from Florida. Pickup cost was 45E plus tip.

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We arrived at Hotel Diana, our home for the next four nights. We really liked the hotel - it was near the train-bus station, and it had a great rooftop bar with lots of foliage and a great singing bartender named Franco. We visited him every evening and even met and chatted with two Finnish sisters one evening.

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Dinner that first evening was down Via Cavour at La Matriciana. We sat inside to watch the locals and had Fettucine with Wild Mushrooms and Risotto with Scampi, Antipasti and wine for 65E.

Comments (5)

Barb Cabot:

Nancy, I just love how you are capturing your trips this way. Isn't it wonderful and easy to be able with a few clicks to look at a photo synopsis, see memorable places and recall such fun times on your blog? I love reading about your adventures and feel I've just had a bit of a journey myself. Thank you. I want to do this too someday on my blog. You've inspired me.

A singing bartender sounds like so much fun! That's something I've never experienced.

That IS freaky about the names on the signs.

A singing bartender and a rooftop bar!? I'll have to check out Hotel Diana next time I'm in Rome. I love the photo of you and Bill with Franco. Three lovely smiles.

Jane:

Oh, Nancy, I'm right there with you! How fun arm-chair travel can be.

You must have been so excited to be in Rome! 45E is a great price with luggage and all. And a singing bartender!

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