01.04.2012 - 01.04.2012 22 °C
Finally I have been able to access working internet. Its now Wednesday.
Arrived in Rome on Sunday and caught a taxi. I read all the books. They said its fixed price fare of 40 Euros to Ancient Roma from the Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Just look for a white taxi and a registration number on the side. Yup. Did that. Arrived at the hotel by 8:45 a.m. Driver says thats 61 Euros. I said no fixed price. Its 40 Euros. Turns out my white taxi with the number on the side that was in the taxi line up with all the bona fide white cabs with numbers on them, was the cheater cab not the real cab. With the help of the guy on the desk I get the fare down to 50 Euros. I seem to have a "sucker" tattoo on my forehead for the taxis in Europe. Didn't bother going to the police this time.
Threw my stuff in our postage stamp room eat the Hotel Portoghesi and took off for the morning. Its in absolutely the best location, prime real estate which is why it costs a ridiculous amount for a room that is probably 10 foot square with a tiny bathroom and entranceway. Would definitely come back for the location and neighbourhood. Went to the Colosseum (outside only), the Pantheon and exploring in general. Came back for a shower and to meet Paivi Romu for lunch. She is a lovely lady, a friend of Rob Robson's who has lived in Rome for 32 years as a guide. She speakss many languages but specialized in Scandinavian tours of Rome. We went five doors down to one of the best restaurants in Rome - L'Orso 80. The know and love Paivi so they just kept on bringing the food. OMG.....delicious. The wine and Limoncello (liquor) finished it off. Awesome. Back to my room to pass out until Nancy arrived