Monday, November 22, 2010

Rome Day 4: Finally Taking It Easy

This post is going to be remarkably short because we finally did remarkably little the entire day.  Our third full day in Rome found us both exhausted from all the walking and sight seeing the days before.  So we took the day easy, wandering around, doing some light shopping (gifts for family), and eating.  Lots of eating.  But we did hit up the National Museum, which had some really great Roman sculptures.  Favorites included Pugile, an ancient Roman reproduction of the ancient Greek discus sculpture, and an incredibly ornate sarcophagus.

After the museum, we went to a familiar place for lunch and had yet another delicious meal.  The bruschetta that always comes out before our food seems to be a treat only for certain guests, so I think we had our hotel to thank for that.  An old man with white hair and thick glasses sat down at the table next to us for lunch.  He seemed to be friends with Fabio, the owner, and also got bruschetta.  After we finished eating, we stopped at a Gelatto shop on the way back to the hotel.  The old man was there, eating out of a cone and giving himself a white gelatto mustache.  John got pistachio and I got Gellatine, which is a mix of chocolate and vanilla with little cookie crumbles in it.  It was delicious and they were both served with a little cookie on top.

As we wandered around more, we saw a neat street artist who worked entirely with spray paint to make these really cool pictures.  They looked like sci-fi posters, but they had famous monuments like the Colosseum or the Egyptian pyramids in the foreground.  It was fun to just sit and watch him work and to see the picture transform.

And that was about it for our fourth day in Rome.  Most of the day revolved around eating, which I'll talk lots about in another post.  It was a lovely, relaxing day to just take in the streets of Rome.

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