Day 84, Monday November 27, 2017
Robert Burns poem ‘To A Mouse’ has the line “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” That is what has happened to us. You may have noticed that I have been behind on my blog posts. Well, on our first day in Rome Bob’s wallet went ‘walk about’ with the help of one of Rome’s many pick pockets. We were coming home on the metro and within a couple of minutes Bob noticed his wallet was missing. We thought it was secure, in a front zippered pocket but Rome’s pick pockets are very skilled.
The subways can be very crowded during rush hour. These pictures give an idea of how packed it can be.
This resulted in the loss of his driver’s licence so we could no longer rent a car. We thought about taking busses and trains but all the things we had planned on doing and seeing really required a car. After much deliberation we decided that the best course of action was to cut our trip short and go home early. We spent several days making the police report, cancelling our car rental, changing airline tickets, cancelling accommodations and rebooking other accommodations. We still managed to go sight seeing but all this other stuff was kind of stressful and took a lot of time. I just didn’t have the energy or time to blog in the evenings.
On the bright side, we now are spending three weeks in Rome which we have enjoyed. We both really like Rome. It is a beautiful city with so much history and so much to see and do. We are going to take the bus to Pompeii next week and spend three nights there. Then we will have a few more days in Rome before we fly home.
Day 85, Tuesday November 28, 2017
We cleaned the apartment last night and finished up this morning. Today we move to our new Airbnb for the rest of our stay in Rome. We managed to find a place just a short walk from our current apartment so we will walk our suitcases over. So much easier than having to take the metro or bother with a cab. We spent the rest of the day getting groceries and getting settled in our new apartment.
Day 86, Wednesday November 29, 2017
It rained hard all day which was just fine with me as I had a much needed quiet day planned. We have been so lucky with the weather this trip. Almost the only time we have had lots of rain was on days that we had planned on spending at home..
“When life gives u lemons make lemonade”, right?
We were wondering why TRUDY couldn’t do the driving?
I was willing to try until we found out that it is illegal to drive without an International Driver’s Licence in Italy, and I didn’t bother with one this trip. We thought Bob needed one to be able to rent the car but had no idea he also needed it to legally drive. Information on the internet about this is quite confusing but the police assured us that you had to have an International Licence to drive.
Interesting. Exactly what I guessed was your situation.
So refreshing to hear such rationality.