ROME 2009

Rome For The Holidays:
(Plus the Christmas Caper at CDG)

P1000272‘Twas The Week Before Christmas…

…and we were not home, the creatures were stirring, ‘cause we were in Rome.  And what a week it was!  From ancient ruins to broccoli from another planet to magnificent churches to an attack on the Pope (we didn’t do it) to the stolen…well, join us on our Rome adventures and we’ll get to that last part eventually.


Chapter One – There’s No Place Like Rome

Chapter One – There’s No Place Like Rome Friends, Acquaintances, Fellow Travelers: Lend me your ears (well, in this case your eyes). I come to praise Rome, not to bury it, although at times it nearly buried me.  Tracy and I had visited Rome on two different occasions earlier this decade, but those stays had been relatively short in length.  So, just as the two of us did in 2006 when we ensconced ourselves in Paris for a week, we thought it would be fun and exciting to spend a similar amount of time exploring the Eternal City in the days leading up to Christmas 2009.  We wanted to see what we had missed on those previous visits. And boy, … Read more…

Chapter Two – Museums & Churches, Vino & Dessert

Chapter Two – Museums & Churches, Vino & Dessert Act III: History Comes Alive, Finally Finding Cul De Sac, The Church That’s Always Closed, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, More Churches, They Should Serve A Caesar Salad Here, The Zabaione Zone and The Deep Freeze Awakening to menacing skies, we looked out the window, and, for the moment anyway, there was no precipitation. We scarfed down another large breakfast, hit the pavement, walked through Trastevere, over the Tiber, up a series of stairs that looked like they were going nowhere and soon we were at a museum that now ranks as one of our all-time favorites. The Museo Capitolino (Capitoline Museum) entrance was free as our second Roma Pass … Read more…

Chapter Three – Ecstasy & The Agony: The Fall Of Rome

Chapter Three – Ecstasy & The Agony: The Fall Of Rome Act V: The Invisible Villa, Sheer Ecstasy, Purple Reigns, Finding An Old Friend, Revenge Of The Poo, Down Goes Frazier, Shutting It Down For The Day, Pass The Pringles & Panettone Please, The Magic Elixir, My Favorite Sculpture, Outside The Walls & Under The Church Orvieto was out, and a nasty, hacking cough was in.  I sucked down some cough drops so people munching their breakfast did not fear getting a case of Swine Flu. Tracy and I strolled through Trastevere… …in search of our day’s first quest, the Villa Farnesina, a Renaissance villa built in the early 1500s and belonging once to one of the richest men in … Read more…

Chapter Four – Roman Holiday Comes To A Close

Chapter Four – Roman Holiday Comes To A Close Next: Act VII – Let’s Get A Tan, Where Is Everybody, Yes We’re With The Television Crew, On Top Of The World, For The Birds, The Scene Of The Crime, Seeing Rome In A Different Light, What Dinner Reservations and Finally A Great Dinner We were up early, looked outside and saw blue sky, plenty of sunshine and it was even warm. This is more like it.  I didn’t even need a sweater or coat. We were so invigorated that we passed on breakfast…ok, I might have had a quick bowl of fruit. It was on to the Vatican, where we had reservations for 10 a.m.  Arriving about nine and expecting … Read more…

Chapter Five – Arrivederci Roma. Hello Trouble!

Chapter Five – Arrivederci Roma.  Hello Trouble! Act IX: Is This A Hit, The Curious Christmas Caper At CDG, Home Sweet Home, Discovery…Denial…Disgust…Dejection, A Sleuth In Paris And A Hollywood Ending? Our wake up call came as planned at the bewitching hour of 4 a.m. Carefully, or as carefully one can do anything at four in the morning, we packed the last remaining items into our carry-on luggage, including a couple of cameras, a netbook and an iPhone. Promptly, at 4:45 a.m., a town car pulled up, and we were off to the airport for our 7:20 flight to Paris. About 10 minutes into the drive, the driver pulled off the highway, and we were now in what looked like … Read more…