16.06.2012 26 °C
Friday nearly done and a week since we left Oz. Seems longer.
The shopping is very, very good. I've never seen so many Italian Pure Silk Ties. There are ties, ties, ties everywhere. I'm sure that I have died and gone to heaven. I was very conservative and only brought two, if I'm good, Mandy will let me get another couple tomorrow. Lots of nice shoes and Mandy scored well. Also some linen shirts and outfits. Dirt cheap in comparison to OZ.
We finished shopping after lunch took our items back to the accommodation and out again to visit the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.
Not unexpectedly there were lots of tourists (I know we were there too). Can't honestly say that beyond the fact that "we've been there" the sites weren't that interesting. The fact that so many tacky, cheap tourist shops and annoying hawkers didn't help.
The Pantheon was interesting from an architecture perspective and I'm sure our Engineers would appreciate the structure; I liked the way the sun shone through the hole.........dah
This is such an old place and puts clearly into perspective just how young a country we live in when it comes to development (not withstanding our indigenous heritage)
The traffic and crowds are probably the things that stand out most about Rome. The complaints about the roads from Shoalhaven residents are certainly baseless when compared against the condition of the roads here in Rome.
Still better things to come. Certainly, and this is no criticism but hell its hard to find your way around this town on foot. The streets are mostly curved and when you think that you have an idea of the general direction.....you're wrong.
So easy to get lost. I have relenquished control of map reader. Mandy is better at this than me by far.
What I have found very interesting is the local version of our Water Filling Stations. (I know what my staff are probably saying; he couldn't help himself could he)
They are on nearly every corner and run continually. People come up, put a finger on the spout and spurt water into their mouths, wash their feet and heads. The water goes, who knows. But the amount of lost water must be staggering.
We brought some cheeses, dates and fruit to have for dinner out on our terrace and watch the sun go down. The local Merlot is really good and cheap in comparison to ours. Getting a little tired we have to admit and I'm starting to yearn for a good steak.
Tomorrow the Vatican so beware Shoalhaven, there might be some flooding, pestilence or plague heading your way from me entering upon this religous territory. Sorry Ellie but its true.