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Yes, we stopped in Rome on our way home.

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I had a difficult time with the transition from small town to this great city. Three of us had never been to Rome, though, so it was an important stop. We couldn’t fully explore The Eternal City in two days, but we tried.

Our friend Andre from Hotel Parlamento helped us with the police when Sharon's computer was stolen somewhere between the train station and teh hotel. (When the officer stood up - tallest, largest man I have ever seen!

Our friend Andre from Hotel Parlamento helped us with the police when Sharon’s computer was stolen somewhere between the train station and the hotel. (When the officer stood up – tallest, largest man I have ever seen!

There's a passegiatta in Rome, too.

There’s a passegiatta in Rome, too.

Our hotel was situated

Francesco was our guide for our first morning.

Francesco was our guide for our first morning.

conveniently between the Italian Steps and Trevi Fountain, so we were a step (no pun intended) ahead on the first evening.

Fun with Chris in Trastevere (Carlieta's photo)

Fun with Chris in Trastevere (Carlieta’s photo)

Carlieta's photo

Carlieta’s photo

I don’t know the high spots for my travel mates. For me, other that the ever-powerful Pieta at St. Peter’s Basilica, the people moments were most memorable.

Squished in selfie in our tiny elevator in a GREAT hotel.

Squished in selfie in our tiny elevator in our GREAT hotel.

Rome airport. Why would public restrooms do it any other way?

Rome airport. Why would public restrooms do it any other way?

But we packed a lot in by jumping on the double-deckerbus and listening to the history as we saw the main sights.

For some obscure reason, I really wanted to see the Piazza Navone. When I reached it, I admired the architecture, etc., but the highlights of that trip were the birds on Bernini’s Fontana dei

Bernini's fountain.

Bernini’s fountain.

Piazza Navone

Piazza Navone

Quattro Fiumi the flowered balconies.

That’s when you know it is really time to go home.

The Wanderer

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL NOTE: Hotel Parlamento is a reasonably priced lovely little hotel. The staff is beyond helpful.