Now I have to tell you Dear Reader, that should you find yourself in a city of many attractions, the naffest but most effective way to see said city (especially if you are only there for a couple of days) is by open topped bus. TG and I are great fans of the tourist bus as it enables one not just to see the famous bits, but always often as not diddles down roads that you’d never think of going down. It also gives you a sense of perspective and spatial awareness and takes you past the Pathenon that you couldn’t for the life of you find yesterday…..
And so on we hopped. It was hot. More hotter than a very hot thing in a very hot place in fact. I wasn’t sure that we’d survive without getting sunstroke or 50 degree burns but then lo and behold there was a man at the side of the bus selling parasols and so one was duly purchased for a mere €3 and off we went.
Of course photo opportunities are not brilliant whilst the bus is moving and it was too hot and miles too crowded to get off and queue but I did my best…
The Colosseum of course, magnificent in its size and sheer ancientness
By the time we got to the end of the bus trip we were sweating buckets (most unattractively) and so decided that a spot of lunch and a quick flick round some nice air conditioned shopping centres would be just the thing.
We had dinner on our last night in a lovely restaurant call Lo Stil Novo – my treat as the trip was for TG’s missed March birthday. If you go to Rome and are feeling flush then go – it’s in the caverns down some stairs through a non descript door and the service and the food were wonderful. We finished the evening being tourists and singing gusty choruses of ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’
We will go back again (when we’ve saved up and it’s not so hot) and do all the things that we didn’t get to do this time around – Trastevere and Testaccio being two of the places on my list to date unvisited as well as seeing the Colosseum properly from the inside. It was lovely to get away, do something completely different and spend some proper time together. I have got two weeks off at the beginning of September and we are stumped for where to go that won’t bankrupt us – any suggestions???