"Today was a very long day and wish we could have gone to bed at 3pm!"
London Departure, We'll see you soon!
We departed our hotel in London mid-morning and headed for Victoria Station. To get to the station you needed to go through a small shopping center with the smallest escalator - seven total stairs. The girls thought it was the cutest escalator that they kept riding back and forth.
Benvenuto in Roma
The flight to Rome was a short 2.5 hours. Hired a car to drive us to Rome and he took us a "shortcut" way through the Vatican and where "Papa" and the Cardinals live. The streets were quite curvy, extremely narrow, and tons of traffic! Siena was not feeling well in the minivan but finally made it without incident.
Our room is at Hotel Abruzzi at the Piazza del Rotonda. The view from our room is quite astonishing and surreal. Take in view:
Some sights and sounds:
We look onto the Pantheon and was constructed in 126 AD, a mere 1,900 years old!
The Pantheon is one of the most well-preserved Roman buildings as it's been in continuous use since constructed. It's currently used as a church.
Mara translated the words on the front: "This building was built by Marcus Agrippa"
The guy at the bottom of the picture is from Argentina and a spectacular performer. We listed with all of our windows open for hours as the sound of Italian, Spanish, and English music echoed softly throughout the Piazza.
The square was active until well after 1am. While there were lots of sounds from around the world it wasn't noisy.
It's HOT here! In the evening, when we arrived it was in the mid-80s.
Senatus Populusque Romanus (S.P.Q.R.)
A quick note about the fountains throughout Rome. Here is a small fountain in the Piazza del Rotonda with Siena happily posing. Rome stamps all of their public water sources with S.P.Q.R. These fountains are fresh water that have been flowing for hundreds (thousands) of years. You can put a water bottle under the fountain water and it's safe to drink. Pretty cool!