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Mom, are we going to ride a viagra?

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On June - 15 - 2007

Ah, Roma! It has been seven years since I visited – that proverbial coin toss in the Trevi Fountain works – I did return! We are staying at a lovely 4-star hotel right across from the Italian Parliament building, the Colonna Palace Hotel.

It was lovely until “Whistle Man” showed up. Apparently, electricity costs are going up in Italy and this guy was protesting with a big sign and a whistle. So much for a post-flight relaxation! The girls were hungry so we found a little pizzeria around the corner from the hotel and ate our pizza magherita al fresco.

Afterwards we walked a few blocks to the Trevi Fountain; the girls really enjoyed tossing their coins along with hanging out and enjoying a delicious scoop of gelato. The fountain was a mad house – there was hardly room to breathe and the vendors hawking cheap toys were very annoying.

We walked further to check out the Victor Emmanuel Monument – it’s covered in scaffolding! It’s after all the walking my 10-year-old asks me: “Mom, are we going to ride a viagra?” I start laughing. Of course she means the little motor scooters referred to as “Vespas” here. I tell her no we’re not riding a “vespa.”

We stayed awake until 3 PM went back to the hotel and took showers and a quick nap. At 6 PM we walked to the Spanish Steps and took in the circus-like atmosphere. Sadly, there is more scaffolding around the fountain at the top and that unfortunately doesn’t make for great photos. Fortunately for my credit card the Via Conditti shops were closed. There was a purse calling my name…I may have to go back.

We then walked to the Pantheon it was closed and we found a little restaurant and ate a nice pasta meal again al fresco. There was a mime entertaining the crowd. He was quite good. The funniest part was when he tried to play with a little terrier dog; the dog didn’t like him and started nipping at him and then tried to chase him around the fountain.

Afterwards we hiked to the Piazza Narvona and again more scaffolding around the famous fountain –sigh. At 11 PM it was off to bed.

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