Simon and I enjoyed our day in Rome - such a bustling city ..... Cars and people everywhere...... We walked to the Vatican and soaked up the atmosphere and then jumped on the Hop on Hop Off bus to All the sights one must see whilst in Rome. After spending 2 hours on the bus caught up in traffic jams galore we decided to head to the Via del corso - the shopping mecca..... Battling the many pedestrians, the heat and taking our
Life in our hands every time we attempted to cross a road (they have pedestrian crossings but dont stop for you) we battled on for a couple of hours but eventually the heat won and we headed back to our hotel for the cool air conditioned room.
We met up with our fellow travel companions for a quiet drink in our hotel bar before finding a local restaurant for our last italian dinner!!! The dinner was all lovely at Ristorante Calabascio, just around the corner from our hotel. We have realised why Italy is in the mess it is in financially - it has become obvious that people are avoiding the tax man - from our B and B hosts at Positano to the local restauranter in Rome. The large group of Americans went to pay via debit or credit card only to find the machine wouldnt accept their cards - one after another so ended up paying by cash. It came to our turn with our debit card only to find it also wouldnt accept our card..... But how was one to pay if that was all we had. We were asked by the owner to go around to the local money machine and get cash for him....... We were asked to go to our hotel and return with cash. Apparently They had installed a new eftpos machine the day before that wasnt working correctly...... I kept perservering asking them to reboot the machine, put in their pin (which he would only put two numbers and then stop) ....they disappeared outside where they were recalculating our bill.....not sure why..... They then came in swapped the eftpos machines over and lo and behold my card was accepted and all was well...... The lads didnt need to do the dishes after all..... We carried on our merry way but didnt go back directly to our hotel in case we were being followed. On heading back after about 10minutes as we came to our corner the young waiter from the restaurant was on the street corner looking one way then the other. Please use all this info if we become victims of an unexplained crime in Rome....... An adventurous end to our last night in this wonderful country. Arriverderci Italy. Xxx