|We were feeling his pain|
|Speaking of ruined. This map got a work out!|
|The bridge we used to cross the Tiber River to the city|
|I can see Michael and I getting matching Vespas some day|
Most often our homes-away-from-home have matched or exceeded our expectations. We've got our airbnb search criteria down and we zero in quickly on the places that work best for us on price and amenities - and now we look really closely at the pictures for clues as to what the space is really like. I think airbnb should hire us as ambassadors at this point!
Meanwhile, back to Rome. Our neighborhood was truly residential - definitely not on the tourist maps, although we were only a 20 minute walk from the Vatican. We were on the opposite side of the river from the center of Rome, but just a short metro ride away from the heart of the city.
|We seem destined to live on hills wherever we stay|
|Open back? Leopard strapless? Too hard to decide.|
|Whew! Found it all with Marcus at my side. Although he didn't believe me that you could use Bicarbonate in baking.|
|Who needs a blue ribbon? Thanks Marco!|
I did have the most fabulous pizza almost every day from a hole in the wall about a half a mile from the house. There was a line out the door every day for a reason.
In Rome's 'rustic pizza' shops fresh pies are lined up on a hot stone counter. They are cooked as large rectangles and you buy your pizza by weight, so you can try several flavors from an array of a dozen or more. If you choose a mix it goes in a box - in my case the 6" x 9" chunk was scored, folded and wrapped in wax paper for immediate consumption. For my daily delight I settled on a large, just-out-of-the-wood-burning-oven slab of sweet cherry tomatoes,sassy green olives and cheese.
|Linus obviously disapproves of me having more pizza, but Snoopy is all for it.|
|Still pondering this one. Worth some coins in the pot.|
|Fresh cold water from unlikely spigots found all over town|
|This shot doesn't begin to show the Holy See of humanity!|
|Just one of many mind boggling hallways in the Vatican Museum|
|Just a glimpse of what lies overhead|
|I loved this angel. She can be my guardian any day.|
|The trusty train that chugged up the mountain for our day out.|
|A lovely lunch, backgammon, books and a bottle of wine. All is well.|
|The view most of the way back to Rome|
|The store where Michael worked his way in and came out in one piece.|
|Match number 12 on our trip! A great part of the adventure.|
Fondly - Debbie and Michael