Our apartment is so awesome. We are in the Trastevere area of Rome, which is walking distance to the Coliseum and to the heart of the city. This area has narrow cobblestone streets with grafiti'd metal garage doors locking up the shops and restaurants at night (or during siesta).
The front doors to the apartment building are typical giant heavy doors that lead to a vaulted ceiling courtyard with a lift. This lift is special, you have to manually open 2 doors and close them behind you. On our first ride together, Christian opened the inner doors early and the elevator stopped between floors. We had to close them up and press the button again. Our apartment is really beautiful. The very tall ceilings are a beautiful tile, the doorway is rounded, there are 2 little lofts and the bathrooms are so colourful.
We spent our first day at the Coliseum. We were approached and talked into joining a tour which they said would be 1.5 hours for the Coliseum, the Foro Romano and Palatino. We didn't even have a chance to check out the prices and line up before someone suggested we join so we went along with it. Unfortunately, we stood outside listening to an archaeologist tell us all about the history of the monuments for an hour before we even got to step inside. The kids were being patient but we felt really bad, it was boring for them. We finally got inside the coliseum and ditched the group and did our own thing. That was an expensive mistake.
In the evening we walked down to the shops that run along the tiber river. We had so much fun here shopping and eating and looking around. There is so much foosball around, it is great!
Today we went to look at the Trevi Fountain to throw a coin in because I'd like to come back to Rome again sometime but the entire fountain was under construction.
The kids had their last Fanta today - I think they mostly enjoyed Italy because of the gelato and Fanta!
I am feeling sad that the holiday is over but I am very happy to get to go home to North Van, I can't wait to get on my bike and burn off some of this pasta and wine.
|our front doors|
|our kitchen - notice the rounded door and super high ceilings?|
|Coliseum - notice the 6 m deep hallways under the arena used for animal cages|
|the fountains don't look clean but the water is very good for drinking|
|and we figured out the trick for drinking, plug the bottom and use the secret fountain spout|
|going down to the riverside markets|
|so much foosball in Rome|
|beautiful Trevi fountain???|
|this guy was floating - the kids were shocked|
|more old stuff (the building in the back - not Christian)|
|pantheon (notice the new suitcase?)|