Sunday, 2 May 2010

So, where were we?

First stop, Singapore.  We only had two days, but it was plenty for me - there isn't much for grown-ups to do except shop or eat - and it was way too hot & muggy for me to want to do much shopping (this may come as something of a surprise to some of you...) and when we did want to go & eat, it rained.  That's how humid it was, and it may come as a surprise to some of you that I'm not a fan of humidity, especially when the levels which are high enough to fall out of the sky...

Then we were on the plane, whoosh, and into Roma before we knew it.  The best thing about holding two passports is that the European Nationals queue is almost non-existent, coming from Singapore, and so I was through in the blink of an eye, to the change machines (what a great idea, slip in your Euro note & the machine automatically calculates what you put in there and breaks it up into smaller notes & coins) - invaluable for buying tickets on the Metro, straight out of the Airport. 

The airport was full of people going home for Easter, and the airport rang with the sounds of people saying "Buona Pasqua", or, Happy Easter.  Even the nice taxi driver who was there to meet us greeted us with "Buona Pasqua"!

Easter Sunday in Rome is fairly quiet, and the Centro Storico, where our apartment was, was even more quiet.  It was the ideal way to recover from the flight, and we wandered around getting our bearings, finding the supermercato, and the lavenderia, and round the corner, this:

Rome is truly amazing, round every corner there's something fascinating:

This was stuck on the wall of an apartment block near the river - it roughly translates as "I am making this for the landlady" - I think it's a not-so-subtle request to take your dog-shit with you when you walk your dog - there is a bit of it about, but we didn't see it nearly so much as last time we were in Rome (2008).

And this:

And finally, a great bar where I stole a rather nice beer glass.  Bad girl!

And now, Jetlag calls, gentle reader, so I'm off to bed.  Ciao!

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