It felt like 41'C....
18.07.2013 - 18.07.2013 41 °C
Where is the shade? We zig zagged back and forth across the street to walk in the shade. First stop was a market in Campio d' Foiri for some delicious oranges from Sicily, on our way to look at a purse I saw while window shopping earlier in the week.
I ended up buying this bag from a little Italian designer who created it right in the shop. When I choose my bag, he sighed, "Ah Bella!"
Our goal was to go see St. Peter's Basillica. I guess that was the goal for many tourists in the blazing heat today. Thank goodness we had frozen water bottles. Tactical error #1 and I knew better - come prepared for a sacred place of worship by dressing conservatively. Knees and shoulders need to be covered or you will not be allowed in. Error#2- leave shawl for shoulders at home and don't buy one as we waited in line. Dave managed to slip by the guards even though his shorts didn't cover his knees. I guess hairy legs work!
I can solve this problem. Use the paper stuffing from the bag I bought. I fashioned a shawl out of lovely white newsprint which worked for my shoulders but I just couldn't sneak by with enough to cover my knees. I headed back into the scorching heat to buy a scarf from the gypsies. How dumb could I be?
So we finally make it into this beautiful Basillica for a look around. We walked home in the heat for a rest and to escape the high temperatures. Dave was finally happy to have a break and get an afternoon nap, after having gelato first!
We decided to spend the evening in Monti, a hilly area close to the Colisseum. Very eclectic shops and narrow streets much like in Trastevere. It was an adventure all in itself just getting there? We decided to take the bus and but since it was five o'clock, so was everyone else. By the time we reached our stop ( how we managed to get off the bus, I have no idea), we were jammed in like sardines. A man, his daughter and I had a good chuckle when I told Dave we should get off before the end of the line. We couldn't move, let alone make our way off the bus. That was an experience!!
Later that night, using our excellent mapping skills, we managed to make it home without getting lost. We found the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon along the way. Just a fluke!! Such a nice way to end our stay in Rome. The last few photos are from the area we stayed, Trastevere including a young woman on her graduation.
This is the via that are apartment was on.