Thursday, 30 October 2014

Rome 2014 Day 3

We stayed in a B&B in the area of Prati, not far from the Vatican. This privately owned B&B was housed in a building from the 1920s, had three rooms, and the people renting it out lived themselves in one part of the apartment.
It was small, but very cosy, with a common room where you could have a coffee, or just hang out, read, surf or talk to the other guests.

Every morning we got the breakfast of our choice delivered to our room. This was really nice, as there was no need to get dressed, we could just enjoy our breakfast peacefully, and then get ready for the adventures ahead each day.

We had a double bed and a sofa bed, plus this table as a set up in our room:

Family selfie, ready to take on day 3!

So, wise from the previous day, we got dressed in many layers not to get cold. But the joke was on us, as this day (and the rest of the week), was absolutely stunning! It was sunny and warm and the weather was beautiful.

We were going to meet my friend Carin for lunch, so we just strolled around during the morning. Got off the metro at Spagna again, and walked our way down to the restaurant where we were going to meet her, just behind Piazza Navona.

Carin took us to this authentic place, where we got treated really nicely, as we were in her company. She works as an authorized guide in Rome, and this was a place where she sometimes would take her groups.
I had a traditional Roman pasta, Amatriciana, with crispy bacon, and the kids had pizza. Again.

They were even so lucky as to get dessert this time!

Carin and I went to high school together, and we both studied Latin. We both went to Rome on school trips with our Latin class, although not the same year. She returned as an Au Pair, and never left! She has been living in Rome for 20 years now.

After our lunch, we went to a museum that Carin recommended, about gladiators. It wasn't big, but very interesting. The kids thought it was great.

It also told us the story about the Stadio Domiziano, the arena that used to be where Piazza Navona is now, and we could see some of it's remains, as the museum was under street level.

A blue smurf helmet?

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