Need to catch up on the first 6 days of our trip?
For our final morning in Paris we slept in a little (yay for sleep!) and had our final cheese and French bread breakfast – speaking of which, I totally didn’t mind eating that every day – it never got old.
After we ate and packed up we went to take one last look of the Eiffel Tower before heading to Rome.
We lucked out and the sun was out and shining with only a few clouds in the sky.
We grabbed one last pair of nutella crepes to snack on from one of the vendors and just soaked up our last little bit of Paris.
And before we left, I insisted that Lance and I share a kiss in front of the tower ;)
The remainder of our afternoon was spent getting to the airport and waiting for our flight. Lance and I split a sandwich and enjoyed a couple bottles of Orangina. Dang that stuff is good!
I also noticed there was a Maison du Chocolate at the airport – score! I had been looking for one of those since our train ride to Paris days before. I marched right over and got myself a little box of heavenly chocolates.
After landing in Rome we decided to take a shuttle to our hotel. Up until this point we had exclusively used public transportation, so I should have known this would be a little rocky…. Long story short the Italian man behind the counter screamed in my face since I “accused” him of taking my paper with my hotel reservation. Well sir, I handed it to you 5 minutes ago and you didn’t give it back – I’m not sure what you did with it but I certainly didn’t have it. Ugh. That was the only stressful moment of our entire trip. But at least the shuttle driver was nice!
The driver took the scenic route around Rome giving us illuminated views of the city. It was so thrilling to see our first glimpse of the Coliseum all lit up. I knew at that moment that Rome was going to be amazing.
We made it to our hotel: Rezidenza Antica Roma. I know it looks insanely gaudy. but it actually wasn’t too bad in person. It kind of reminded me of a cruise ship décor – a little over the top but you kinda like it. This place was cozy and welcoming. And for the entire stay the various people at the front desk were the most friendly and helpful out of everyone we encountered on the trip.
We checked into our hotel (btw they did need that printout from earlier…luckily I had an electronic version to email them), dropped off our luggage, and then went out in search of something to eat.
We wandered around our hotel getting a feel for the area and scoping out potential dinner spots. We crossed the main street and stumbled upon Ristorante Gioia Mia Piscapiano. The street was almost vacant, yet the inside of this tiny restaurant was bustling. Without a doubt his was our choice.
This was one of my favorite meals the entire trip. We split a carafe of house wine and basket of bread before being presented with our pasta dishes.
I ordered the ravioli with vodka sauce and Lance ordered mushroom pasta. Both dishes were beyond excellent.
We rounded out our meal with a couple small glasses of limoncello. Real Italian limoncello.
Next up is our day in Venice!