1. The flight was direct and on time. The school group on board, which we thought may have been a problem, wasn't - high spirited, but so were we.
2. The films on board were eclectic. I watched a "Royal Affair," which was in Danish with English subtitles and loved it!!! I don't go out to watch films a lot and to have an evening out (while flying to Rome) to watch a pretty awesome european film set in the late 1700's about the "new age" then, was amazing.
3. Baggage claim was the usual hassle. My husband hasn't latched onto - small bag, on board, pick up and go!! If there were ever a person to follow the rules - maybe even create more rules, so that he can follow them - he's your person!!
|Rome Apartment Entrance|
4. Find a quiet place to call our apartment connection. The airport was a zoo. Outside of the airport was an echo chamber of rolling wheels. We walked until we were able to hear ourselves think, however after 5 or 6 attempts to dial the number, we still couldn't make the connection. Finally my daughter suggested that we use a call box - a what? - we found a booth, used a credit card and low and behold Irena answered!! She was waiting for us!!
5. Got a city registered cab, however, it still cost $50 euros. But he did hang in - even when he turned into where his GPS said he should and found a bank of steps (104 of them) he didn't just throw up his hands and toss us out onto the street. He went into a nearby hotel and asked for directions. Then he creased the rear passenger side of his taxi, negotiating a very narrow street. However, he brought us right to the doorstep just as Irena was pulling up in her scooter. "Believe and the doors shall be opened unto you.."
|Main front entrarnce to several apts like ours.|
6...... well not unless you have 5 keys and turn them this way 3 times and that way another 4 and make the sign of the cross (after all we are in Rome) take a deep breath and pray that the door will open - so far it has!!
7. Spend another hour, after a sleepless night on the plane and on an empty stomach, because the plane food was inedible, listening to Irena explain the intricacies of the various appliances, air-conditioning, washer & dryer (not only remove lint trap, but empty a water tray - who would have known!!). Gas cookers, I have a particular fondness for - they remind me of cranky uncles - they will work with a lot of stroking (not stoking) Well this one needed the extra element (no pun intended) of being "turned on" from not 1 but 2 wall switches!! Some how last year in Barcelona is looking like Hollywood at its
|The Tiber at Night - 2 mins from our front door!|
8. Finally we paid Irene in "cold, hard cash" and set about to relax in our Rome apt. More on this in the next post!!
Have an awesome evening.