For the love of Rome

Rising to another 30 degree day and another magnificent breakfast on the roof top. We mope around until midday and book our few days ahead, including tickets to the Colosseum for this afternoon.

We walk down to Corso and found the only supermarket in the area; it’s the size of a tiny deli. Again, we buy ingredients for fresh rolls and eat this as we sit to watch the Michael Jackson impressionist and the little boy who copied the impressionist’s dance moves the whole time. Both were legends and could be mistaken for the real deal.

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The blinkers are on so we don’t get distracted again on our way to the Colosseum. It’s a bit hard when we discover the shops and come across Rome’s biggest Zara, which is the size of Myer Melbourne.

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We shop up a storm again, so much that we have to take the bags back home before going to the Colosseum. All this fluffing around back and forth made the day slip away and we missed today’s entry to the Colosseum, just as well the tickets are valid for two days. We plan to go tomorrow after the Pope’s mass.

We take a late arvo stroll to the Arco Di Tito and see the ancient Roman ruins. It’s a shame this area isn’t very well preserved, people walking through it and the area is exposed to all sorts of weather damage.

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This is also where one of the biggest roundabouts in the world is, similar to France but more hectic and definitely more disorganized, probably bigger too. The massive Parliament House is at the foot of this roundabout and it’s total madness. I wonder whether we can find Berlusconi around this precinct – Gee! He would be an interesting character to meet.

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Although we could not enter, we walked around the outside of the Colosseum. I was surprised at how massive this stadium is and how close it is to the centre of the city.

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After a big day of walking in the heat, we went home to enjoy a reasonably early night. Believe it or not, neither of us are hungry, probably still getting over the amount of food we ate in London let alone all we have scoffed in between.

Mosquitoes are rife in Rome and they always eat me alive so sleeping with the window open to allow the cool breeze isn’t possible. We watch TV for the first time in ages, not much on in English but a bit of news and an old movie send us off to sleep.. X

Anna Owens is the founder of ownsit! A mama working in Community Development and Partnerships Education. Anna is a colour crazy, creativity enthusiast who loves to design, collect shoes, eat & travel.. x

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