Italy – the first day

2 Jun

Italy is a wonderful country which can be visited over and over again each time finding new and exciting things to see and do.  This is our fifth visit to this wonderful land, the land of pizza, pasta and wine.

We left Tuesday from Miami International Airport on Alitalia airlines.  The flight was certainly interesting as a group of  7 gypsys boarded the plane with so much LARGE carry on baggage it was unbelievable.  After they were told they must keep the isle open for take off, they stowed what they could in the overhead bins only to take it all out again after take off.  The children ran up and down the isle disturbing everyone on my side of the plane.   But wait there is more!  They made beds on the floor with large blankets by the bulkhead.  Three people, two adults and a child slept on the floor!

We had no problem at customs as the customs officer was talking on his cell phone.  He hardly looked at us while he stamped our passports and never said a word to us!  Welcome to the Eurozone!

After breezing thru customs, I thought we were on a roll, especially since our luggage was tagged priority thanks to Joanne’s Premium Ecconomy seat.  But no such luck.  At baggage claim the sign said the belt would not start until 12:38, which was 15 minutes away, and on time it started. Once it started, four bags came out and then stopped.  I think the baggage handlers had a union break scheduled.  We then waited another 15 minutes and the rest of the bags came out.  I have to remind myself, this is a socialist country run by unions, Nothing works fast here as there is no incentive to work hard or fast.

David was waiting for us and it was off to pick up the boys from school, Alexander in Rome and Conrad in Sacrafono.  After arriving at the house, Joanne and my first item on the agenda was a nap!  Hey we didn’t sleep on the plane.   Once we awoke, it was time for dinner, so it was off to Rome, the Resurante la Pariolina, one of my favorite places to eat a causal meal of appetizers and pizza, in the Parioli section of Rome.

Tourist in a non-tourist area of Roma.

One of my favorite appetizers is Friti Misto which is fried stuffed olives, fried mozzarella, fried pasta and potato croquettes.  We also ordered bruschetta and burratta.  Joanne and I split a pizza, ham and cheese.

Prosciutto and cheese pizza – Joanne and my pizza

Conrad’s pizza – yes he ate it all

Carolina’s pizza – fresh buffalo mozzarella

David’s spicy sausage pizza

Dinner was late, the normal dinner time in Italy is 9 – 10 pm, so it was back to the house after dinner and to bed….11:45pm.  I was tired enough to go right to sleep on a full stomach!

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