Or how Rome tried to trump me and I conquered Rome
05.27.2017 - 05.29.2017 86 °F
To say that I am sad is an under statement. However, we arrived in Rome after a long travel by bus, train, and taxi. Rome is a beautiful ancient exotic city. It is a city crowded with adventure and experiences and I was soon to find out how true. We arrived at l'albergo, immediately checked in, checked the TV for English speaking channels, and checked out for the night.
The next morning after a lavish breakfast our hosts shuttled us to the Rome airport where we took the airport train into the central terminal of Rome, Il Termini. Trying to buy tickets for the Metro, the local underground train through Rome, I must have flashed my small bankroll too many times going from one ticket machine to the next searching for one that worked. The subterranean Rome trains are crowded and packed like the famous Cinque Terre sardines. A few stops and we arrived at the Spanish steps piazza. It was there I realized my money clip and my money was gone. I had been pickpocketed on the train.
Joy couldn't help laughing and said, "Well now you've had the whole Italian experience".
Well, gentle reader, I must confess. I knew she was right. "Che idiota!", I thought to myself. What an idiot! How many times had we been warned by friends, my magi, and repeated overhead warnings in the train stations. Unfortunately, I had gotten complacent. Our entire trip so far without a single bad incident. All of the Italian genti during our stay have been so honest and friendly. I let my guard down and I paid "someone's business enterprise" for it.
Fortunately, it was at the end of our trip and I had spent most of my cash. In effect, the loss was 55 euro and the 7 euro metro pass I had just purchased. The worst of it was my money clip with my lucky Indian chief is now in the hands of some villain. Well, I did have the "whole Itaian experience" and to tell the truth it doesn't make me sad, just stupid. Che Idiota!
The "Spanish Steps" on a lovely day. Tourist Horse carriages.
Back to reality, I looked at my beautiful wife, who in her wonderful way didn't castigate me or further contribute to how foolish I felt as some might and I said, "Nay, Nay, Nay, this isn't going to ruin my day. Let's eat!"
So off we went, from the Spanish steps back to the Metro and after utilizing the services of another Bancomat for cash withdrawal, we hopped aboard the underground caterpillar once again. This time with me clutching my pocket the entire time.
We found a restaurant in the old city I had researched and it turned out to be a delight. We had our 2 1/2 hour leisurely lunch at an authentic Roma antica ristorante. It is exclaimed by some to be one of the 3 restaurants in Rome "you shouldn't miss". I know we both would agree. Here are some pictures and here is the Schneider trip to Italy contest I am offering. If you can name the restaurant in Rome from the clues and pictures I am about to present you will win the grand prize.... A trip to Italy with Gaius Julius Stefano e Domina Julia Gioia as your free guides and "protectors".
So, my darling plebocites, here are the pictures and you've already been given the clues. Buona Fortunata!!
The "old wall" behind glass at the restaurant. Look at the circular artifacts. Can you guess what they are for extra credit.
Taglierini with fresh pecorino, pepe, and parmesan.
Of course there was wine, I forget to take a picture.
The Contest Rules:
1. Just respond to us via email or in the comments section with the name of the restaurant in Rome.
2. Answer the question regarding the round artifacts in the wall, should be easy if you know #1, and win an additional prize.
3. All correct contestants win US as your guides for free on your next fabulous trip to Italy. Transportation, room, meals, tax, tariffs, gifts, purchases, etc. not included. But limitless days with Gaius Julius Stefano and Domina Julia Gioia are.
4. Good luck. You can do it.