I didn’t post a lot during this trip because Ida was posting every day on Facebook. But I think I should add a few more comments, because I myself like to look back occasionally and relive the trip.
So we left Alfedena on Wednesday late morning after saying goodbye to my friend, Anna, who is the concierge at the Hotel Alisma. Being the off season, we were the only people in the place, but she treated us with homemade torta for breakfast and took good care of us.
The trip to Rome takes about 2.5 hours and is an easy drive (except driving in Rome, which should be a prohibited activity on the planet Earth). Nevertheless, we unloaded the car and took a cab to the hotel, a small, nondescript place centrally located with a friendly staff. First stop was Piazza Navona for some gelato and picture taking. Who can resist a great piazza with statues and fountains?
Thursday and Friday were filled with food, wine and shopping. Because this was Rachel’s first time in Rome, she and Lindsay took off to see the big sights. Ida and I headed for the Pantheon, which coincidentally is a favorite stop for both of us. For me, it has a powerful energy as soon as I walk in. Needless to say, after our visit, we ate food and drank wine and met this lovely couple from Canada who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
Thursday evening we had dinner with my friend, Cristina DiPalma. She is an absolute delight and always makes my trip to Rome so memorable. We ate at Trattoria der Pallaro, a no-menu eatery. Paola is the owner/chef, and you eat what she cooks. And you’d better like it or you may end up like J. Caesar. Great fun, great food, great time!
(I’ll be adding more to this commentary. Stop back.)