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Posted by on Nov 27, 2013

Ramblings by Dave – When in Rome…

 

It’s the last leg of our trip and it’s bringing a lot of mixed emotions. I think I can speak for both of us in that we’re very sad the trip is coming to an end, but also need a break from constantly being on the go and are excited to see family and friends. I’m not sure if either of us are ready to figure out what’s next, but we’re trying not to stress about it. In order to make sure we are not stressing, we decided to rent a studio apartment in Tuscany for the week.

As you might expect, we’ve been having a bit of a food orgy in Italy. Pizza, pasta, porchetta sandwiches and gelato. So so happy.

Such a good porchetta sandwich I had to have two.

Such a good porchetta sandwich I had to have two.

I’ve seen more Smart Cars in Rome than I have in total on our entire trip. Crazy how they can back them into a parking spot where all the other cars are parallel parked.

Narrow streets and lack of parking mean Smart Cars are everywhere in Rome.

Narrow streets and lack of parking mean Smart Cars are everywhere in Rome.

Part of my love for cars comes from my father taking me to the Chicago Auto Show when I was a kid. I still remember my first one so many years ago and taking brochures for an Italian car, Lancia. I’m guessing they’ve been gone from the States for quite a long time, but you can still seem them in Italy. Pretty sharp.

Speaking of cars, we just rented this cute Fiat Panda. And it came with this hot model!!!! I love Europe!

Our little Fiat Panda hanging out in Tuscany.

Our little Fiat Panda hanging out in Tuscany.

Italian people like cleaning up dog poop almost as much as French people.

Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night I can’t remember what city I’m in or what apartment/hotel we’re staying at. I guess we’ve been traveling a long time.

Between Rome and Turkey we’ve seen a lot of ruins of late. Each time I see one I want the powers at be to refurbish them to how they looked in the day or at least put together some of the pieces you often see scattered on the ground. We have a book that has a picture of how the Roman Colosseum looked when it was finished in 80 A.D. and it’s absolutely fabulous. Jill says she prefers it the way it is and would rather use her imagination to try to picture how it used to look. I wish I was more like her.

How the Colosseum looked way back when.

How the Colosseum looked way back when.

I’m always amazed at how the monolithic churches and buildings were put together in ancient times and every time we visit one I’ll ask Jill how they possibly built them. She just told me I’ll have a chance to see people actually working on La Sagrada Familia church when we visit Barcelona next month. I’m so excited.

I think we need more plazas or piazzas in the States. So many countries we’ve visited have them and they’re great meeting places and great spots to sit at a cafe and people watch. The grand daddy of them all has to be St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Just a huge plaza surrounded by Roman columns and loads of statues. And apparently the Pope makes an appearance there every so often. So beautiful.

St. Peter's Square. Where the Pope hangs out when he wants to mingle with the common folk.

St. Peter’s Square. Where the Pope hangs out when he wants to mingle with the common folk.

 

4 Comments

  1. What’s the Hertz code for that hot car with the model?

    • We can email you privately, Jim. We wouldn’t want the whole world to know the code!

  2. Barely any comments re the wines in Italy? Best part of being there is just ordering whatever the restaurants have and it’s all good.

    • I think you know your brother better than that. I imagine there is a whole post coming out about it.