19.03.2007 16 °C
Arrived at about seven am on Sunday and managed to make our way to our hotel without too much difficulty, except for some minor trudging inspired by general inability to read maps!
Having dumped the luggage we set off to explore the sights of Roma. The weather was clear but cool and Graeme seemd to be the only one brave enough to wear shorts in the whole of Roma.
First stop was the Porta Portessa Markets which was a long long long street of stalls featuring leather goods, second hand goods, underwear, knock off designer bags, more leather goods, more second hand goods, more underwear, more knock off bags etc etc. the street was so long we were sure it was a circle! We eventually escaped and crossed back over the river to the area around the Corso where we bumped into the Roma Marathon. We ate pizza and watched the stragglers straggle gamely towards the finish. We then walked the shoppping streets and made our way back to the hotel about two hours later!
The Gambrinus Hotel is a very nice hotel, a little off the beaten track, but the first room we were given was a bizarre rhombus of a thing with not enough room to even open our luggage. Vicky negotiated a change of room for the next night but we had to have the original room for the first night. We crashed at about 3.30 expecting to get up for dinner but we slept through to the next morning, a combination of jet lag, responding to our participation in the Roma marathon and old age.
We walked from our hotel to the Trevi Fountain. It was just starting to drizzle as we tossed our coins in. Graeme attempted a boundary umpire style throw which made it about a metre into the drink.The area was crowded with tourists and and so we moved on to hot coffee and a strawberry tart thing. We visited a Benneton shop we had found the day before and then spent some time wandering around the streets in the main shopping area off the Corso.
As the rain set in we boarded one of those tourist buses and set off to get a glimpse of all the main sights. We got off at the Pantheon which was very impressive and found time for more coffee.
Had dinner out tonight at a small ristorante near the hotel with good pasta but awful wine.
The weather looks the same for tomorrow so we might trundle off to the Vatican which is mostly indoors.
Photo 1 is a uniformed chap about to move on some Senegalese bag sellers in the markets and Photo 2 is a drink station in the marathon.