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A Week in Rome

I did not keep good notes for our week in Rome. These are just a few notes.

We arrived in Rome yesterday and it is hot - like summer!! We have a great apartment just two blocks from the Pantheon. It is on the first floor and is filled with street noises - no cars or vespas - all noises of people walking, eating and talking. I leaned out the window and taped some of the buzz around 6pm tonight. I feel like we are right in the middle of everything, but we have our lovely apartment to retreat to. Our bedroom and bathroom is larger than any Rome hotel room we have ever had. Plus we have a large living room, dining room, kitchen.

Last night Mauro Abate from Roman Homes, who we rented from, took us out to dinner - the best meal of the trip (so far). He is charming and very Italian and very knowledgeable about history and Rome.

Steve did get my cold and is still not back to normal but seems to be recovering. We walked and walked today - all over Trastevere. I was thinking we would not like Rome with all its crowds and noise after our peaceful countryside - but we love it. This should be an interesting last week for us.

Staying in an apartment in Rome has made the experience very different for us. This is our 4th stay in Rome, but our first in an apartment. I love having our own place here - we can eat at home if we want, or go out. Steve is still recovering from a cold, so he stayed home this afternoon and I went out shopping (all on my own - a first for me in Rome!!)

Shopping

Well I saw a beautiful wool winter coat, but didn't buy it but plan to take Steve back to see it. Also saw a nice coat for him. Mine was made in Italy, wool and angora, simple trench coat style, medium brown - but all I wear in Santa Fe is jeans, so maybe I don't need it. (Did not buy either.)

I bought two pairs of leather gloves in Piazza di Spagna - beautiful. 55,000 lire a pair for what you would pay $50 for in the US (if you were lucky enough to be near a good store, which I am not).

I bought a little Fiat 500 model car - green with the sunroof open. In a little store on the street from the Pantheon that goes to Trevi fountain.

I bought maps for most of the Tuscany provinces at the Touring Club Italiano store.

I bought 1000 gms of coffee beans from Tazza d'Oro which is just two blocks from our apartment. An espresso there is cheaper than in Tuscany - 1100 lire. No seats, so you just stand at the bar.

And I am hauling back 10 liters of organic olive oil from Tuscany. And a little Smart Car model we got at the Autogrill. Kitchen towels. Books, books, books. Steve bought several in Italian - I bought guide books.

And more Italian clothes pegs - I have hundreds of them now. They make the best ones you know!

Conclusions

A funny end to this trip report, which was never completely written. It was a great trip, but had a black shadow over it because of 9/11.

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