Day 4- Arrived in Rome


Early wake up call from the Moffet special talking clock. Everyone was hungry but we are too early for a Kings Arms special breakfast. The driver locates us and drives very fast to Heathrow for our flight to Rome. The trip has so far gone to plan until now. Terminal 3 was actually 5. I had not recorded it correctly on the itinerary from the booking. Oh well we had take the airport express train to T5. Great system! The sideways looks from David were interesting. Finally got through checkin and security to arrive in the BA business lounge for large amounts of croissants and bacon rolls. Once on board our BA flight we relaxed. Not a full flight do it was strange that Kate and Thomas were not in the the row behind. Business seats were a spare seat between 2 which actually gave you that extra leg room. 2 hours and a gin and tonic and French champagne and we had arrived. Lovely coastline views of italy. The luggage was easy to locate thanks to David the guru of all things logical and sensible. We had blue and orange striped luggage straps on all bags do they matched. The driver, who spoke no English, was ready there to great us and packed a very large people mover with our luggage. Another fast airport trip was had! Amazing the amount of graffiti on every outer city wall. What a shame!
The driver stopped at the presidents palace near a group of police to ask if he could stop to show us the changing of the guards but alas their security did not allow this. Our apartment was 91 behind a large heavy green door. We had contacted Constantine from the agency who arrived on a scooter. She was extremely friendly and immediately instructed the men in out group to load the luggage into a skinny luggage lift. Once inside the 3rd floor apartment we had a tour and checked out the rooms and given instructions on everything. Nice big lounge room with french/Italian doors with another attic level above with 2 more bedrooms and 2 bathroom. It may be the designated bathroom up there as it is the only one with a standup shower! David spotted straight away we would need bars of soap and more toilet roll….. He really is the TG travel guru!
After Constantine set up our Internet and took our money we went for a walk realising we wet hungry and in need of supplies. We turned a corner and went a few metres and yes there was the Trevi Fountain and most of the people of Rome. We have not thrown the coins in yet but will before we leave. Not too sure if it counts as we know we are returning in a few weeks. We continued the walk. Lots of places to way. In need of a bankomat for some money. Headed back to the room to locate a restaurant using saved trip advisor info but without wifi we have not been able to access my iPad. Tried to hotspot with our mobiles but the dim card won’t let us. Sometimes you wonder whether our dependency on Internet Xmas phone connections c n actually get in the way.
We found a little place to eat that had pizza for the kids and risotto for us. The waiter was a funny man from Romania but spoke Italian. After our rather early dinner we ventured over to the Spanish steps and through a Mecca of designer shops on Via Condotti. The street Christmas decorations were like nothing I had seen before hanging on waves down the middle of the street. Thomas was the first to say he was tired. We got back to our apartment. We sat around in the lounge talking and checking phones. I then woke up on the lounge and everyone was in bed. Ah it is just like home in Rome!


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