Sunday, January 9, 2011


A total of 39 days in Rome - living in Prati in via degli Scipioni 265. From October 12-Nov 6th then again from December 4th-19th.
Thirty six of those were without hot water or gas for cooking and most week days sharing the place with 'Gigi' the builder and his cohorts who were still painting, plastering and building the place.
We consequently ate out lots and were profoundly disappointed by the Roman restaurants; finding only 2 or 3 that we would return to. The kids lived on their favourite dishes of pasta al pomodoro or ragu and pizzas.

The route to Piazza Farnese 44 was well traveled; the children loved visiting their cousins (Cas and Alberto bonded immediately) and initially we went  every second day for a shower and Porgs would cook the children some vegetables and a lovely meal!

In December, during the second, colder half of our stay in Rome, the windows were installed and everyone mastered a 'japanese style' shower, using the ikea dishwashing drainers as a shower head and a kettle full of hot water!

The kids had Italian lessons twice a week with Lucrezia Le Rose, my Italian teacher of two years ago.
We visited all the monuments of Rome and settled into a routine of writing diaries and wiki. The weather was consistently sunny throughout October and almost as good when we returned in December. We visited parks and piazzas and marveled as the Christmas decorations started to appear. There were so many highlights; a summary of which follows:

St Peter's Basilica

We came here several times. Once George took CC and E to climb the dome. This time we just hung around the piazza watching the queue to enter the basilica grow and grow. It was such a lovely sunny day. The children sketched the obelisk as their 'homework assignment'

We visited the pantheon and the fountain of Trevi early one morn, before the tourists got there....

 We were so early we caught the cleaners vacuuming up all the coins...3000 euro a day apparently!

We arrived at the pantheon so early it was closed, but were the first in and had it all to ourselves except for the cleaner mopping the marble floors!

LOTS of gelati were had in Rome

 Lots of ruins visited...

Castello St Angelo in the background

 Dodo with his ferrari in which the kids and George went for a wild ride around central Rome!

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