Monday, April 1, 2013

When in Rome...

On the way to Rome, the rain returned.  Once again, we parked the buses a bit away from our destination (this time our restaurant) and headed out on foot.
There are Okemos kids under all those umbrellas, we promise!

As we mentioned earlier, we'll be eating at a different restaurant each of the three nights we're in Rome.  As in our earlier hotel, it's a set menu but this time we are there with other restaurant patrons.  One couple overheard some of us talking about the NCAA basketball tournament and asked where in Michigan we were from.  Turned out they were vacationing from Chicago, and enjoyed hearing a familiar, American midwestern accent.  Actually, a hundred of them!
After dinner, and an even harder rain on the walk back to our buses, our weary and waterlogged group reached our home for the next three nights.  The Domus Mariae is a converted nunnery, a building so beautiful we though we were about to tour another church.
Tomorrow will be one of our most taxing but rewarding days of the trip.  They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but we're going to see how much of Rome we can visit in one.  We start at the Vatican, and will eventually make our way to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and other historic stops.  More later!

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