Paris to Rome

Breakfast was a crèpe, fresh fruit and a croissant. Coffee was most welcome. We were the last to disembark due to having to fetch our case. We had a smooth transition between terminals and Dave nearly walked off with someone’s hand luggage. Dave went to shave and I went to put some mascara and then I had a quick look in the bookstore for something to read. First time ever I had no luck. We bought macarons from Ladurée. Pistachio and lemon for Dave and liquorice and cherry for me. We boarded straight away and again there was no overhead locker space for our cabin luggage. We pack one bag only which is a good thing. We had our macarons followed by coffee and a croissant. The flight was a breeze and as we got to the carousel our luggage was off. We walked to the station where our passports and Visas were checked and got straight onto the train for Roma Trastevere. We changed trains and got off at Roma San Pietro and then had a bit of a round about walk to where we are staying. It’s a shared apartment with a small kitchen run by a young couple. John met us there. The lift is super old fashioned with manual doors you have to ensure are closed to keep the lift in use. We are in the princess room which is pink! It’s clean, very comfortable and has an en suite bathroom with an adequate shower. We have a small balcony with a view of the other apartments buildings surrounding a common courtyard.

We left the apartment at 13:15 and stopped at the Carrefour express for a roll, prosciutto and cheese and ate our picnic lunch in Piazza Sforza Cesarini. Gelato for the day was pistacchio for Dave and nocciola for me at Sweet Life on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.

We walked to the Spanish Steps which was teeming with people as usual and then through Piazza Colonna to the Pantheon. Our first time in Rome it was just before Christmas and getting into the Pantheon was easy. Now with all the crowds we didn’t try. Our walk took us past the Area Sacra di Largo Argentina which is now a cat haven, before we stopped at Bon Bar in Trastevere for espressi. We walked the cobbled streets of this ancient area, stopping for pastries at Panetteria Romana. Not sure what Dave had but it was delicious. I had sfogliatelle.

We saw part of this walk for Easter. In front of these people was an effigy of Christ after being taken down from the cross. After exploring some more of the area we stopped at Caffe del Prado for prosecco. Our walk took us through Piazza di Santa Maria before we stopped for an early dinner at Ristorante da Massi. We enjoyed a typical Roman meal before walking back to the apartment and having an early night.

The number of army personnel everywhere is noticeable and the police are out in full force. Rome at Easter is very different to Rome at Christmas. Today we walked 11.6 kilometers.

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