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Jamikins and BikerScott Hit Rome for New Year's 2011/2012

Jamikins and BikerScott Hit Rome for New Year's 2011/2012

Jan 1st, 2012, 02:16 AM
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Wishing you both a wonderful 2012.
Thank you for taking us to Rome with you, your excellent and evocative prose brings the eternal city to life in my memory and imagination, and your photos are stunning.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 10:02 AM
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"We managed to spend more than three hours nursing two bottles of wine, enjoying the show of life played out in front of us."

This is a must.

Note to type A planners: If you must plan every day, put this item as a top priority.

Looking forward to more...
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Jan 1st, 2012, 10:04 AM
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...and pencil in 4 hours, not just 3...
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Jan 1st, 2012, 10:44 AM
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bardo1 highlighted the entry I intended, though for a different reason. Not sure "nursing" is the adjective I would apply to 2 bottles of wine over 3 hours for 2 people!! I genuflect before you, my superiors in the ability to ingest copious amounts of wine and remain seemingly sober, or relatively functional at the very least. And I'm no amateur...

Loving the report, thank you. Bananos to all!
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Jan 1st, 2012, 11:43 AM
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If there is one thing we do well, it is 'nurse' copious amounts of wine/drink and relax in a lovely piazza or square. I suppose sober may be a relative term, but so far so good - here's to more drink and merriment in 2012 (as I sip my first glass of yummy red wine post dinner...)

Cheers to all - glad you are enjoying the report - sigh, cant believe it is our last night!
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Jan 1st, 2012, 01:06 PM
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Day Seven – A Quiet New Years Day
Somewhat surprisingly, neither Jamie nor I were feeling particularly chipper this morning. We slept until 10:30 before getting up to drink large amounts of water, which both of us seemed to require. Last night we went to a little restaurant around the corner called “La Botticella” (http://www.ristorantelabotticella.co...tticella31.pdf) for what turned out to be the most ridiculous meal I’ve had in a long time, which may have had something to do with it.

The restaurant was tiny with only a few seats inside, but looked really cosy. We sat down and were given a bottle of water and another bottle of really nice red wine to start, along with a very tasty amouse bouche type plate to get us going. Next was a giant plate of artichoke ravioli which was excellent but very filling. This, of course, was followed by a small plate of the other kind of ravioli the chef had made – this one filled with cheese and truffle – so tasty.

Second course was the hugest fillet I’ve ever seen in my life. I hate to think of the size of cow that this thing came from. Jamie’s would have been a large serving in a restaurant, but mine was beyond belief. I like my steak, and have never been defeated before, but even I had to wave the white flag with a few ounces to go – there was no way I could have finished it. Must’ve been 14 oz, which is HUGE for a fillet. This on a plate with potatoes and smothered in a creamy mustard sauce. So full. Then came the lemon sorbet to cleanse the palate…then the tiramisu, then the panetone and chocolate…seriously!

I might also mention that after we finished the first bottle of red wine, they brought us another one. Which we finished. And then a bottle of prosseco for the midnight toast. And a glass of limoncello. Which we also drank. We didn’t eat the panetone, as that seemed a bridge too far.

I remember all of dinner I think, and I definitely remember the fireworks at midnight, the walk home is a bit hazy and I don’t remember going to bed at all. A good way to ring in the new year I’d say.

Pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pug_gir...7628661212439/

So, this morning 10am seemed really early. And the sun was extraordinarily bright, even though it was a bit cloudy. We took longer than usual to get going and didn’t leave until almost noon, which still seemed pretty early. We had no plan for the day, no mission, no agenda.

We started by crossing the river to see what would be open on New Year’s Day in Rome. As it turns out, pretty much everything seemed to be open, at least in the centre of town. As busy as it has been here, all the crowds had come out in full force for the day with Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navonna and the Piazza Della Rotunda in front of the Pantheon absolutely packed with people.

We found a nice little wine bar for lunch – little being the operative word – Il Piccolo on Via del Governo Vecchio is tiny, with only 5 or 6 tables inside and not many more out. So small that the space heaters they had to warm it up a bit kept blowing the fuses and shutting all the power out. Despite that, lunch was excellent and the wine was restorative.

After lunch we wandered around the historic centre and ended up at the Pantheon to sit and engage in one of our favourite holiday pastimes – people-watching while sipping a glass or two of wine. We stayed under the heaters at our chosen restaurant until past 5pm, when we finally decided that the cold and dark meant that we should probably head back in the direction of Trastevere.

We had originally planned on cooking dinner in tonight, but didn’t buy enough supplies and didn’t really feel like it. We both had a craving for the delicious Dar Poeta pizza from around the corner, so at 7:30 we wandered over, thinking that 7:30 is early enough in Rome for the crowds not to have formed – Romans don’t seem to start thinking about eating until well after 8pm.

We were wrong. The crowd outside was immense, so we put our names on the list and went up the street to have a drink while we waiting the estimated 45 minutes until our table would be ready. This wasn’t really a hardship to be honest.

The wait was worth it – the pizza was the best I’ve ever had, as far as I can remember. An excellent finish to a wonderful holiday in Rome for New Years.

Pics from today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pug_gir...7628666612405/
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Jan 1st, 2012, 01:28 PM
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Ah, finally, a slight chink in the armor, though it sounds like you recovered well. I'm still in awe! Glad you had such a great holiday!
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Jan 1st, 2012, 03:19 PM
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Glad to hear you survived the New Year in Rome. I tell you it's hard to keep up with the Italians no matter their age! The Pantheon crowd was still going last night when we closed our eyes at 3am or so.

Thanks for taking us along with you. Even though we are here, too, your daily updates were a hoot to read!

Banano to you both!
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Jan 1st, 2012, 05:50 PM
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Bravo! Another great trip report and your photos are fabulous (as always!)

Happy New Year to you both!
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Jan 1st, 2012, 11:43 PM
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Thanks for following along everyone! It's our last morning in Rome and for the first time it is raining! Going to have a quiet one, clean the flat, probably have lunch and then head back to London.

Vacations go much too quickly!

Bananos to everyone!!!
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 04:34 AM
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Have thoroughly enjoyed your report. I am in awe of your drinking ability and I mean that in the most positive way possible. You are a fun couple.

And, your pictures are wonderful. I am envious of those who can catch a reflection in a puddle...I do that and get a picture of a puddle without the reflection.

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Jan 2nd, 2012, 07:48 AM
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next time you're off to Rome [or anywhere else for that matter] can you let me know?
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:42 AM
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Thanks again for letting me tag along - as usual, so much fun!

So now the theme would be 'yes, we have no bananos...' No?
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 12:38 PM
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Brilliant trip report. I laughed out loud,I revisited the sights with you and I wish I had eaten the meals and drunk all the wine. Thanks
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Aug 10th, 2015, 08:19 PM
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This TR is EPIC !!

We are planning to spend Christmas & New Year in Rome this year, I am sure this journal will help a lot.
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