Donna and Tony on the bus in Rome

Our last day in Europe is over. We went out to a nice restaurant for dinner, wandered around the last of the shops, and have now returned to our apartment to pack for our flight to Singapore in the morning.

Roman Holiday

Donna at breakfast on the last day









Rome is amazing. We have both loved it. We especially loved the shops, but we are severely limited by the weight restrictions on the Singapore Airlines flights home. Donna has bought a new carry-on bag and has filled it already.

Our front door in the Via Vento building in Rome

Our apartment is between the Quirinal Palace (the presidential residence), the Ministry of Defence, and the Indian Embassy. There are friendly Carbinarri and Polizia  nearby, with machine guns and pistols. I think we are very safe and sound.

Tony at breakfast in Rome

This morning we awoke and ventured outside to quite a different place to the weekend. There were queues of traffic and countless motor scooters racing around. After a compulsory cappuccino and croissant we continued admiring the wonders of the city on the open-top bus for a second day. The weather on the whole trip has been perfect.

Donna at Trevi Fountain. Popular place!!

Feeling a bit tired now. We have to get up early in the morning to go to the airport and wouldn’t want to miss the flight (now there’s an idea!)

Be seeing you soon.

Stammi bene.

The Colesseum

Rome at night

Donna’s mate at the Vatican City. He said he was a Pope?

Vatican City

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When in Rome

It’s 6 o’clock in the morning in Rome and I have woken up very excited about exploring this ancient city. There is so much to see. I look at the tourist map and I don’t know where to begin. We wandered the streets last night and in reality every street and building is very beautiful and it is quite different to France. I wasn’t sure about Rome before I came but I have fallen in love with it instantly.

Fountain outside the Quirinal Palace

Leaving Les Restanques des Lions

Should there be a shop in the road?
“Turn around when possible”
Thank you ©TomTom

A tear was in the eye as we left the tranquillity of Les Restanques des Lions (Terraces of the Lions). We had a big day driving to Nice and returned the rental car (incredibly in one piece with no scratches). A big thanks here, to Deb and Paul for lending their ©TomTom, the essential GPS guidance system which (at most times) directed us to our destinations.

We would have been literally lost without it. With a couple of hours to spare before our flight to Italy we walked around a large mall in the city centre (Nicetoile). It was four levels of shops and very nice. Modern trams run up and down the main street and we saw lots of fit triathlon types out jogging.

Nice Triathlon 2012

Checking online we confirmed the Nice Triathlon was on the next day. Anyway the airport beaconed and we returned to catch our flight. It was quick and uneventful with no customs queues in Italy, just straight out the doors.

We were immediately picked up at the airport and then whisked into the city centre on a grand prix-like ride, the driver weaved in and out of cars with great skill. It was a change from the slow steady nervous approach that I had adopted over the last three weeks at the wheel. I enjoyed being relaxed instead of cautiously winding my way through narrow streets and crazy drivers.

Tony at the wheel


The apartment in the Via Vento building in the middle of Rome is beautiful. The doors at the entrance are enormous and open slowly and mechanically to let us in. The foyer is majestic and we then catch an old fashioned tiny lift to the 3rd floor. I thought it might be busy and noisy in the city centre but our room is very quiet and luxurious.


Open-Top Bus Tour



We are going on the open-top bus tour of the city this morning and we will decide what we want to stop off at and see. The Vatican City, the Colesseum and the Pantheon are must do’s.

Arrivederci from Rome.

Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic.

Mmmmmm Chocolat

Donna last night in Plan de la Tour

Tony last night in Plan de la Tour

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