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Report 1396: Roman Holiday

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Fall 2007

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Page 2 of 16: Saturday September 1 – Montreal to Paris to Rome

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Brad, Steve and BW at our apartment at Via Monte Fiore, 7 in Trastevere

Our Friday evening ZOOM flight from Montreal arrived at Terminal 3 at Paris CDG 30 minutes early on Saturday morning. BW, Brad and I made our way over to Terminal 2 where we met up with Steve who had arrived in Paris on Thursday morning. Our Alitalia flight was scheduled to leave at 12:35pm but we didn’t depart until 1:40pm, which put us an hour behind the rest of the day. Fortunately, Alessandro from Romashuttle was there to meet us at Fiumicino and transfer us to our apartment at Via Monte Fiore, 7 in Trastevere. On the way into the city I phoned Sacha from Romepower and he was at the apartment when we arrived. Sacha was very helpful and friendly, showing us around the spacious and very-well equipped apartment and directing us to a nearby supermarket (Supermercati Standa, Via di Trastevere 62/64). After unpacking, the four of us made a trip to the supermarket in the basement of a larger store. I was surprised to hear so much English being spoken – and later discovered that Trastevere is a favourite locale for exchange students and tourists alike.

In the early evening we walked around the streets of our neighbourhood, getting briefly lost in Trastevere before going for dinner at a tourist restaurant, Il Ponentino, a few steps from the door of our apartment - €70.00 for the four of us. Later we walked along the banks of the Tiber joining the throngs of people enjoying the beautiful evening.

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