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Report 1396: Roman Holiday

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Fall 2007

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Page 10 of 16: Sunday September 9 – GTG with Gavin and Ches

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GTG with Gavin and Cheryl Crawford

Up at 9:00am, over to the café for an espresso and some croissants for the apartment. Out for a stroll after 11:00am, making our way slowly over to our GTG with Gavin and Ches Crawford from Sydney Australia. In January 2006 I won first pick in the Slow Travel contest. I chose our apartment in Rome. Gavin won second pick. He chose the other Rome apartment offered in the contest. Now, 20 months later, we are in Rome at the same time. Amazing.

Our 1:00pm lunch at Osteria al Vecchio Pegno at Vicolo Montevecchio, 8 lasted until 3:30pm and included a complimentary limoncello at the end. The lunch was one of the highlights of our time in Rome. Our two families discovered that our life experiences were quite similar. If I ever make it to Sydney, I feel that I have already made two friends before we arrive.

Gavin’s enthusiasm for Caravaggio inspired an afternoon visit by BW and I to the Church of Santa Maria del Poppolo to view “The Conversion of Saul” and “The Crucifixion of Saint Peter.” We also paused at the Chuga Chapel, mentioned in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, following which we walked to the top of the Pincian Hill to enjoy the great views of the city.

Down Via Babuino to the Spanish Steps and on to Piazza Barberini, another Angels and Demons locale, before heading over to the Corso and back to the apartment by 7:00pm.

Cheese omelets for dinner and packing for Capri before an early night’s sleep.

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