July 4, 2008
So then there’s the Euro. I guess it’s not the Euro’s fault that the US economy is stuffed. Bring on Barack Obama, please! Cool guy,
just in the middle of reading his book called “The Audacity of Hope” It’s so
wonderfully logical and moderate, no overreactions, looking at issues from both
sides and good compassionate common sense. America has a lot to offer, just
needs the right leadership. I and many others are hopeful.
I was going to have a rant about the Euro; got side tracked.
Yesterday we filled up our very little car for $60 Euros; folks that’s
$120US…..eeek. And we bought 2 gelatis
and a fanta for 15 Euros ($30!!!!) I should not
convert, advice from one of my sons, but blimey. Admittedly, we did get 2
scoops in our gelati!!!???
So this apartment is in a town called Pomezia,
a commute from Rome,
10 minutes from the beach. Last night we drove to the beach, it’s a little
scruffy but we set high standards in Aus! But to update, we spent 3 days in Tuscany. What a
beautiful place. Reminded me of the Barossa Valley
actually (in the winter). The hotel was OK, not very friendly. A surly
manager upgraded us when we told him our airconditioner
didn’t work. In these parts you actually really need it,
we weren’t just being obnoxious Americans. But the upgrade was worth the battle
and we had a lovely three days driving through little villages, sitting in a
town square listening to the old people chatting, and drinking excellent and
affordable (PC word!..see
below) cappuccinos (or is that cappucini?) …very gezellig.
And we had a day in Florence,
an amazing city, though the long lines for museums put us off, every man and
his dog were in Florence
that day. See the piccies, they speak for themselves.
Yesterday we took the train to Roma, about 20 minutes away
and checked out the Colosseum, awesome….and the
Vatican….also awesome….and , unlike Florence, minimal queues. These are ‘must
see in one’s life’ things.
is covered in graffiti, (especially the subway trains!) has few traffic lights,
and rafferty’s driving rules apply. They get away
with it because it’s so bloody amazing.
Today we’ll explore the beaches and the coastal towns near Rome, and tomorrow off to Adelaide
via a night in Singapore.
cheap…in America they can’t say cheap…as if it is impolite,, they can only say
affordable, eg… you don’t look for a cheap apartment
you look for an affordable one. Blimey.