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Trip Report Wish I'd brought sandals to Rome!

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After all the recent what to wear discussions, I was sure I packed well. But boy, do I wish I'd brought sandals. AND a pair of walking shorts. It is hot, and everyone, men included, is wearing them. I am thrilled I convinced myself to pack my Merrill's trail shoes. We visited Ostia Antica today and they were perfect. Also patting myself on the back for bringing a hat and sunscreen.

Just goes to show, wear what you know will be comfortable.

That said, the city is teeming with tourists. It should be good for the economy here and for the banks that charge transaction and conversion fees. Late yesterday we walked to the TIM store to get a data cars for my iPad and sim for the mobile, then we battled our way up via Corso through the mobs "shopping" turned on to via Condotti and oogled all the designer shop windows as we made our way towards the Spanish Steps...which looked way too crowded to even approach. We turned off into a little street, and found "34" which had been recommended to us by Selena from the front desk, and sat down for a beer and to just people watch, Perfect choice. But don't order a Peroni without knowing that it is a giant bottle! We were so filled, we knew we would likely not be eating dinner that night! We did eventually make our way up the Spanish steps and into the park surrounding Borghesi Villa etc. Beautiful night for a walk through the park and we wound our way back to via Veneto and our little hotel. Showered and slept like babies. But we also decided not to brave crowds in town on Saturday, and opted to head for Ostia Antica. It was the right choice.

We are staying in a new B&B - really a small hotel - just off via Veneto. Deko Rome is on a quiet street (via Toscana) and is spacious, bright, QUIET, and friendly. Apparently they are booked solid into November, but I made reservations in May, and am thrilled with how good this place is. Breakfast is huge and really sends you off ready to expend some energy.

I love going back to a place, as we don't feel obligated to see too much any given day, so we are enjoying ourselves very much.

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