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Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 04:33 AM
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We just returned from Rome Italy and London England.

I disliked the hotel we were stuck in for 8 days in Rome. The Gambrinus. Rooms were extremely small. A relative left me a message that they never gave me. Dinners were really bad.

I enjoyed seeing the Vatican, Tuscany winery, some of the leather shopping.

There aren't enough restrooms available some that are available require paying to use them. There were way to many people everywhere long lines.

I was surprised at several things like the graffiti all over every wall,almost nothing was in english including TV stations except for 3 BBC,CNN and SKYNEWS.

I didn't enjoy the lack of versatility in food menu's, there was pizza and pizza and than more pizza.

Generally I guess I would have to say I did not like Rome Italy and would not consider returning there. As to London England now that I did enjoy!!
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Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 07:09 AM
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Tragent,

We're not going to highjack OliveOil's lovely trip report with defending Roma. London and English speaking only countries are probably just right for you.
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 01:58 PM
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OliveOil, your descriptive report had be salivating--and I'm a vegetarian!!! I'd better not try those breaded and fried olives with their luscious stuffings of unknown origin, but they sure sound good. I am eagerly awaiting my own adventures with my sis, etc. in mid-December. Solstice in Rome! Yippee!
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 03:01 PM
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Hi judybarnes, I have loved stuffed olives in Italy, fried or not. But if you are a vegetarian be aware some of them are stuffed with meat.
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 03:23 PM
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What an interesting report, olive oil! I have enjoyed reading it. You and your sister have much control to say "nice scenery" when you spot a handsome man. I usually just turn to my husband and say, "Is he cute, or what!"!
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 09:43 PM
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Hi Olive Oil,

It was so nice to meet you and your family in Florence. I'm glad you enjoyed the rest of your trip. I've enjoyed reading about it tonight. I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about Il Guelfo Bianco. Definitely the best accomodations of our trip. It was nice for us to end our trip with that kind of luxury. I'm sure it would have been hard to go from that to the so-so place in Rome.

Yes, I've been awol from Fodor's since returning. It was so strange to leave a few days after Halloween and come back 8 days later to the realization that Thanksgiving was coming up quickly and Christmas was already everywhere! Also lots to catch up on with the 3 kids. Anyway, I do plan to post a report soon. I got my photo album done in time to show all the relatives at Thanksgiving, though! (Quite a feat, since I took nearly 300 pics. It was hard, but I got it down to about 80 for their sake.) By the way, do you still plan to go back next year with your hubby? If so, lucky you!

Ciao!
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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 05:03 AM
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Yes, kcitalia, it was fun meeting you and your husband at the beautiful Il Guelfo Bianco. Loved that place.

And, yes, I plan to return to Italy in the spring, this time with dear husband.

It is strange, I picked up vibes over Thanksgiving that by traveling with my sister I had provided some "conversational fodder" for the family. Jeez, don't guys go places with their guy friends all the time? Like hunting or camping or other guy stuff?

Whatever, I need to get planning: I am thinking two weeks, two destinations. DH surprised me by saying Venice; fine with me. (I think he was inspired by the new James Bond movie) He says he is not interested in Florence and he seemed ambivalent about Rome, which also surprised me. So I'm researching and trying to select destination #2. Something less urban...This time we'll rent a car, I think. The planning is almost as good as the trip itself.

kcitalia, I hope we get to see your trip report and pictures soon.

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How fun that you get to return so soon -- I'm jealous! There were several times we said "next time we'll do xxx ..." Not that there's anything we'd change about what we did this time, but there's just so much we didn't get to see and do in the short week we had there. Next time we'd like to see Venice. Would also like to see Cinque Terre, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast. Our biggest "next time" comment was that we'd love to have more than just 1 nt. in Tuscany. We LOVED Montepulciano, although I'm sure so many of those hill towns would be just as charming. That was definitely a highlight for both of us, and we said we'd ideally have several nts. there with a car so we could explore more villages. Of course our "next time" is probably a good 10 yrs. away, though, and may include teenage children at that point, so who knows! Have fun with your planning. I'll try to start my report soon.

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