I’m in a hurry toay so can’t really write a long blog update on yesterday. In the morning Ray and Jamie and Anthony went to the Vatican to see The Sistine Chapel and San Pietro. I met them over there for lunch - and to see San Pietro. The lines were crazy long so I didn’t bother to go inside but still fun to be back over there for a bit.
After their visit, we had Rome’s worst pizza. Everyone was starving so we went to anyplace we found and we paid the price. But it did fill us up and that is what mattered most just then.
Following bad lunch, we went to Campo dei Fiori for some gelato. A much better deal - 2 euros for a huge cone! Then we wandered over to Piazza Navona where Jamie and I spent some time looking for oil paintings for our homes in Hollywood. We did some bargaining and each picked up two pieces. They’ll look great back in LA - and remind us of Italy constantly! Plus it’s funny that we both liked the same artist so our mirrored apartments will now also have the same artist’s work in them!
Of course we had to return and use the pool. Having a hotel pool in Rome is the best thing ever. After walking around all day, we hop into our suits and hit the roof. Take a quick dip (the water is a little too cold for a long swim) and then we order snacks and a drink and lie out on this big cabanas for light naps. You can probably tell I’ve been doing this as I am getting really tan and my hair is turning crazy blonde.
For dinner we met up with a friend of Anthony’s, Adrienn, who is from Budapest. She also brought along Daniel, who also lives in Budapest but is from Portugal. Yet again, an international dinner for us all! Very fun!
We had dinner at the hostaria on my old street. A very good deal - 6 people, 120 Euros - including lots of food and wine! Love Rome for big dinners at cheap costs! I had my old favorite - the mushroom, truffle and cream bombolotti. Jamie and Ray ordered Bruschette Pomodoro, Tomato Salads and Spaghetti Pomodoro. That’s a lot of tomatoes!
After dinner, we found a spot in Campo dei Fiori to watch the locals mix and mingle. I told them that Campo is a great find in Rome. It’s a little hidden and so only the clued-in tourists find it. Just tons of young people drinking and mingling and walking around the square. When Melanie showed up, we sat in the corner remembering all our old times in Campo. I met her and my friend Dave - and Dario, Antonio and Paul - all of my Roman friends pretty much - in Campo. So many memories - and such crazy energy there. It’s a great place and now Ray and Jamie want to return again tonight.
I’m off for lunch and then a look at Fontana di Trevi - perhaps my favorite thing in Rome. Will take pictures for sure - how can I not?
Oh and I forgot to mention. All week we have noticed a regular guard standing outside the suite to one of the rooms on our floor. Finally Anthony chatted the guard on duty up about who was inside. Come to find out, the Prince and Princess of Saudia Arabia are staying on our floor. We are pretty sure all the room adjoining ours are taken by their entourage. So don’t we seem silly, a pair of blonde girls from Hollywood and our wacky swimsuit wearing friends, strolling up and down the same halls!