|Misty, morning rain.|
Driving into the city made me shudder as more and more traffic piled up. Vespa's buzzed by like hornets. (Note: Vespa is the Italian word for hornet). Got to the main terminal in the City Center and departed for the taxi line. Ominous signs warned us to be sure to take the legitimate cabs that are white. I wondered if illegitimate cabbies could read those signs. Anyway, we got in the cab and $10 euros later we were at our ***** Star hotel. It includes breakfast. But not on arrival day. Having arrived around 10 we could not check in but we were hungry. Breakfast was served till 11 so we checked our bags and went in. The buffet was all that was available and it was $36 euros...each...Nothing like a $80 US dollar breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for the two of us.
We met the concierge and he outlined where some of the near touristy spots were. So we walked over to the Spanish Steps and a further walk to the Piazza del Popolo (Plaza for the people)
|The Egyptian Obelisk fronting construction at the Spanish Steps|
|At the people's plaza|
All the time waiting for Erin to arrive into Rome. At 6:45 PM, Erin finally arrived at our hotel. YEA!!