The rest of the night was less smooth. Our hotels so far have been modest but nice. This room, though, had paper-thin walls, a dysfunctional door, almost no space that wasn't bed, a funky (-er than usual) toilet, a loud running-water sound when the people upstairs flushed, faulty AC, and mold. We complained. Tonight we were moved to a much nicer room. Lesson learned! Tonight we even have a toilet seat! It's nice not to feel like you're perching on a windowsill or something.
Today was exhausting and tons of fun! We toured the Forum, Coloseum, and Palatine Hill.
My favorite conversation of the day:
Big long-haired guy dressed like gladiator to Mom: Hello, lovely. You want a photo with a nice boy?
At this point, I peeled off to the left. Filial loyalty only goes so far. :)
Mom: No thank you.
Gladiator, rubbing her shoulder: You have nice legs.
Now, this was the wrong thing to say because Mom had some heat rash on her legs. (At first we thought it was a gelato allergy. Thank goodness, that wasn't the case.) I didn't hear the legs comment, so the next thing I knew, Mom was walking fast and mumbling about legs. We'll be avoiding gladiators, I think. :)
We had a light lunch sitting near the Circus Maximus (old chariot track), then saw the inside of the Pantheon before taking a siesta. Post-siesta, we walked around the Vatican area, then walked from the Spanish Steps back "home" in the twilight. Pretty!
Tomorrow: St. Pete's. And photos, we hope!
Sent from my iPhone; please forgive typos.