Arrivederci Italy (eataly), hola Spain
Been in Rome for 4 nights and 3 full days. It is nearly impossible to not just write about the food. Seriously.
Also, it’s shocking to report that we are already past the two week point! Tomorrow we head to Spain and join a tour for a week through Spain and then a week in Morocco.
Our first day in Rome was actually spent in another country, Vatican City. We decided to do up the religious stuff all in one day and pack it in. So we hit St Peters Basilica and climbed the dome for excellent views. Then we toured the church. The views from the top were breathtaking and the church was ridiculous opulent.
We also toured the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Tonsssss of old things to look at in this museum. You know who was very excited to see it all.
Napoli and Pompeii
Yesterday, on our way to Pompeii, we went through Naples or Napoli.
Turns out Naples is the birthplace of Neapolitan pizza and also coincidentally rumoured to be the birthplace of the mafia. It was noon and pizza was desired so we hit a place walking distance from the train.
Go figure, we picked the pizza place that serves excellent pizza and is most likely also run by the mafia. (Disclaimer, we don’t know this for sure and if the mafia or the police is reading this, we know nothing)
We thought we would just share a pizza as they looked huge. This was greeted with a snort of disgust. All of a sudden, we were nervous. The macho guys in the white t shirts didnt appear to be your typical restaurant staff. And no one else in the place ever shared a pizza (I paid close attention after ordering)
They all wore the same white t shirt, no ‘waiter’ was under 40 and they all looked like they should have been doing something else. But they were excellent at cooking pizza.
Anyway, back to Pompeii. This is the city that was buried when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. It was first discovered in about 1500 and everything was preserved. So now it’s a major archeological site, 2000 years later.
Some people traveling with me find this to be very interesting. And it is, of course!
There was a brothel. It had beds made of rock and paintings on the wall. The paintings are how the men ordered up their desired service. It’s shocking that 2000 years later that these paintings are preserved and even more shocking that the moves are pretty similar to something one might see today in a magazine kept behind the counter at the 7-11.
other Old Stuff
Today was busy in old Rome day. There were so many people! We hit the Coleseum, the Trevi fountain and checked out a couple other old things in old town.
Tom has started talking a lot like an Italian, just not with the Italian words. We had our final dinner in Italy tonight and this is a re enactment pic of him talking to the waitress.
Cant believe we are heading out for the back part of this trip. I think I heard something about tapas and sangria in Spain-maybe Morocco is bad at food and booze and I can get back on track.