When we arrived in Rome, we dropped the car off at the airport then headed to the Hotel Bernini Bristol located on the Piazzo Barberini. We were really looking forward to our hotel as it was on the same piazza where we had stayed in an AirBnB with granddaughter MVL. We knew the area very well and were looking forward to a wonderful time.
|AH! Even on the last day, we have a great view!|
|Once again, a beautiful Murano chandelier is in our hotel lobby.|
|The view from the roof of the Hotel Bernini Bristol is famous.|
The setting of the Piazza Barberini has changed significantly since the seventeenth century. Engravings of the time and photographs from the nineteenth century show much lower buildings around the piazza, which would have made the fountain much more dramatic. However, it is a tribute to the artistic judgement of Bernini that even now, with tall buildings around the traffic-ridden piazza, that the Triton Fountain can still maintain a dramatic presence.”
|Even in the cool weather, the Trevi Fountain was crowded.|
|We tossed our coins in so we are guaranteed to come visit again.|
|When we passed by a crane at the Colosseum I had to take a picture and send it to LW.|
We did not want to but we needed to retire early to be ready for a very, very early departure for the Rome airport in the morning. Rome in a day, . . but it was worth it.
The next morning we watched the sun rising over Rome from the windows of our taxi as we headed back to the United States.
There were a few things that surprised me on this trip.
Many of the bathrooms in Europe have motion censure lights and the light can go out before you are ready to leave. One in Paris was so short I had to wave my arms in the air just to have light to wash my hands.
Spain was not as different as I had expected.
Nice, France is wonderful and we would like to go back someday.
Hubby D became enthralled with the Medieaval hillside towns in Italy with their legacy of time and culture.
He also commented that everything in Italy needs maintenance except the A1A highway. It was pristine and a toll road. Proving once again, the efficiency of private enterprise.
We had a bit of trouble figuring out this road sign as we would see it where there were roads and other cars.
But don’t confuse it with this one. It really threw us for a loop. It means no traffic in both directions.
We chose some wines, olive oils and balsamic vinegar to ship back and while we were picking them out, Hubby D reminded me to keep it under a full container size shipment. LOL
However, we were not at all surprised that we could spend an entire month together and still be great friends. That we are -- really good friends!
It was a trip of a lifetime and we soaked up every minute.
Now, back to the real world.
|During our layover in Germany we had one last treat -- a beer and pretzel in honor of our friend JA.|