We arrived to Rome after a very long 16-hour travel day with a short layover in Moscow. It was late and we were tired. Thankfully we had a driver picking us up at the airport. As we made the 30-minute journey to our hotel I was amazed at how many people were out at nearly 11pm. Many were eating dinner and drinking wine, several visiting old buildings and churches. The first thing that struck me was the lack of horns honking! Much appreciated after 4 months in Asia. We fell right to sleep and woke in the morning ready to explore. After filling up on the complimentary Italian breakfast we ventured out. Everything felt different and to be honest I was really happy to be in Europe. People appear to be pretty friendly and very helpful. Most things are in English and many people have spoken to us in English. The city of Rome is amazing. There is so much beauty and culture. For someone who’s not fond of big cities, I think I like this one!
As I walk the cobblestone streets of Rome with cafe’s, ristorante’s and gelateria’s down every little alley, all I can hear is “I’m in Heaven”, lyrics from Frank Sinatra’s song “Cheek to Cheek”. Although I’m not a fan of big cities, I am a big fan of food, wine and especially gelato. Our hotel is in a perfect location within walking distance to all of the major attractions, but stuffed in an alley off the Main Street and serves up a great Italian style breakfast that among other things includes salami, prosciutto, cheese, pastries and of course choices of cappuccino, americano, macchiato and probably any other drink that ends with an O. “Would you like a double shot in your americano”? “Yes, that would be great, thank you”. Did you catch that part about salami, prosciutto and cheese for breakfast? These people are after my heart. I can’t wait to see some of the history that lies behind the city of Roma. I’m also pretty excited about sitting at one of these tables in an alley outside of a ristorante or cafe with a bottle of wine and watch the day go by. So far, Italy is “Bellissimo”!