Our last day in Rome CBD
12.09.2013 - 12.09.2013 28 °C
12th September 2013
Its 830am when we finally rouse ourselves from bed. Nothing pressing today, just a quick visit o some parts of Rome that we have not seen, before we move further out of the city with Trafalgar this afternoon.
We have our last hearty breakfast at the Apollo Hotel rooftop dining area. They have great pastries and I have a couple of those, some tea and an apple. Its been a while since I had a crunchy fresh apple. We go back to our room and do the final pack up. We leave our cases at the hotel and begin walking.
The Spanish Steps was our first destination today. This is the last of the big icons that we needed to see. We came in from the top so did not immediately recognise it at first. A few steps forward, a look over the edge and we see it is indeed the famous steps. We go down to the bottom, get the essential photo after navigating your way through everyone else's shot. Cameras are everywhere.
We decide this morning to have a look through some shops and see if we can find any bargains. Most of the shops are designer labels and we just can't afford that at the moment.
We discover the map shows Saint Ignatius of Layola Basilica. Ethan goes to St.Ignatius school so we thought it would be cool to go and have a look and he can show his teacher when he gets back. It is one of the most beautiful churches we have been in, ever. (Some of the ones in Lima , Peru were fairly spectacular) The frescoes, ceilings, alter and walls are adorned with hand painted masterpieces, the likes i have seen only in pictures. We spend some time silently wandering inside until we have absorbed every facet of this holy place. Then we set off again, in search of more shops.
As we keep walking we come across some great jeans shops and David finds some things he wants to look at. Call me impatient, but I did not want to mooch about waiting for David to finish shopping, so I gave him the map and left Ethan & him for some time on my own. We agreed to meet back at the hotel but didn't say a time. I walked for quite a long time retracing steps I'd been over in previous days and without a map I had to make a few guesses. Eventually I got back to the hotel and the boys came two minutes later. They have a few bargains under their arms but mostly they talk about the gelato they just had - I am wildly jealous.
We picked up our cases and hailed a taxi to our Trafalgar Hotel - Ergife Hotel. It was a long drive through the city of Rome past the Vatican City and about 10 minutes the other side in an area called Aurelia. The hotel is very swish and huge - 1000 rooms. The boys want to go and swim in the olympic size pool so I go poolside and catch up on email etc. I try twice to get served at the bar for a drink, to no avail. They serve everyone else before me and I think I will just save my money. For such a huge pool there are only 3 people swimming and 1 lifeguard full time - they have an ipod so I assume they are not bored.
There is a conference group who have an audience with the pope. About 500 of them are staying here and get bussed out daily under police escort. We met a couple of them and they are going to The Vatican each day for 4 days, one of those days spent in the Popes company. At night they all gather poolside and the hotel have a musician. In the Roman tradition, they don't go for dinner until after 830pm. The place is buzzing until well after midnight.
We go to the tour meeting at 4.45pm. The optional tours are on every night but we cant afford to do everything. We decide that we will do The Vatican tour tomorrow. This is parcelled up with The Colosseum, which we have already done, but not with a guide so we will do it anyway.
A short walk away from the hotel we find an authentic family owned Italian restaurant. I have scotch fillet and salad. The boys have pizza and pasta. We follow it up with a dessert, Ethan's is best with the homemade profiteroles, I hate to say that they are better than my homemade ones!
Just a PS, My photo look blurry on my ipad and I hope they have come out as high res as I took them?? Wait and see I guess.