After 3 nights in the city, finally, some rest!
18.07.2010 - 20.07.2010 36 °C
Steve-It is morning and hopefully in about 2 hours I will go and pick up our family rental car from the airport at Rome… We have spent the last two days schlepping kids through two foreign cities (Rome and Athens) and we are quite ready to return to the countryside and pools, etc… In Athens, we did end up going to an amusement park but it was still very, very hot and the rides did not impress the kids (although they did have fun!) The best part of the journey is how adept we all became at using the Athens subway (a beautiful subway- best I have ever ridden) to get around town.
Yesterday was Rome… After our early start and flight from Athens we took a bus into the city (a great service offered by this Hilton and probably the highlight of the day was riding the bus together through Rome!)
Rome was just as I remembered it 20 years ago- a bit on the dirty side (not sure how strong to word this language on a public blog!) We were able to get Max’s glasses fixed and Lisa and I completed a 20 year quest to get into the Coliseum- last time we were here it was closed- but again it was very hot and the kids are quite ready to return to swimming. The most memorable moment in Rome will be the disgusting “Hot Dog Dinner” we fed the kids (and the pigeons!) outside the Coliseum!
July 21st- Lisa
Buon Giorno… today we spent the day by the pool in Montaione, Italy (20 min drive from San Gimignano)- we head there tomorrow after breakfast…can’t wait! The kids had so much fun swimming all day (except to eat food & ice cream-gelato) …they deserved it after a 4 ½ hour drive thru windy Italian Country roads to get here from Rome after being drug thru the Colliseum and the day before and the Akropolis the day before that- in the high heat… so a day of rest and pool fun was needed!
But what can I say about Italy so far- amazing…Rome…the Hilton was great. We took a bus into the city and went to the Colliseum with the kids. It was quite awesome being there, learning and reading about the history and seeing what the slaves, the animals and the gladiators actually went through… the kids got their picture taken with an actor pretending to be an actual gladiator- Max wanted no parts of him! Ha ha ha… it was cute and funny- again the people here seem to love our kids- a woman tonight was so enthrauled with Sammy her husband was getting a tad mad that she got side tracked looing at Sammerrs! In fact the only people here including Greece we have met that were unfriendly have been Americans! Go figure!
The drive from Rome to Montaione was gorgeous… (car sick though) the homes, the scenery, the mountains, the Tuscan sun…. unbelievable,… I took a run through the town early this morning, and while no stray dog jogged along I took in the Ivy growing over the houses, the bushes cut into figures as if Edward scissorhands himself sculpted them, trees shaped into perfect squares and a playground overlooking the farms, Tuscan vineyards and olive trees.