Italy, Part One

9 05 2010

This is the first in a series of posts I will write about my trip to Italy, and what I saw and experienced. I was there from April 25 to May 6, hence the long period between posts.

The Romero family honeymoon began with a flight from Phoenix to Atlanta, then about 9 hours from there to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.

Lots of graffiti all over Rome and the outskirts, but not on the historic ruins and churches thank goodness.

We contemplated going to the AS Roma-Sampdoria soccer match that night but the flight was long and we were tired, and were told the game was sold out. So we tabled the soccer plan for the moment and rested at the hotel for the afternoon.

The first night, we had a welcome dinner with our tour group, Grand European Tours of Lake Oswego, Ore., not far from where I’m from. Great meal. Bruschetta, two kinds of pastas, three kinds of pizzas, salad and dessert. There was a singer who sang a lot of old Italian favorites, including the words to the theme from “The Godfather.”

Then it was off to St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican for a little night viewing. We drove the streets of Rome past the Colosseum. Great city. Windy streets, hard to navigate, I’m glad I didn’t have to drive!

We were able to catch the end of the Roma match, which ended in a win for Sampdoria. Much more on “football” in Italy down the road. Coming up: An afternoon at the Vatican.




One response

15 05 2010

@mividadeportiva Jose! Just popping in from Twitter to say hello! Josh Mayers is doing a fine job at the Seattle Times blog, but I wanted to say that I do miss your great “Sounder Persceptive”! Always top notch! (btw – I LOVE this blog)
Take care my friend!

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