My Italy trip. Day 1

Asha Desh By Asha Desh, 4th Jan 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1d5mtd3x/
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My trip to Italy.
A close experience with history I had heretofore observed just in picture collections and motion pictures. The landmarks, culture, scenery and food from the immense Colosseum to the spread of Olive trees-that blow one's mind!

Tampa to Rome

My husband and I woke up to the sound of the alarm clock, announcing that the long awaited day of our Italy trip had dawned! We were transported by a private limo early in the morning. The driver was a cheerful guy, who presented himself as Moti, and sang a couple of lines from an old Bollywood melody. Who might have thought, heading to Tampa airport, at five in the morning, listening to the driver singing an old Hindi melody! Life surely has its moments. All went well on the flight to Charlotte, North Carolina. The air terminal was cold with the temperature set to low, and we were happy we had taken our coats, notwithstanding being informed that it would be exceptionally hot in Italy and Greece. The flight to Rome was delayed. In any case, the uplifting news was that in a seating limit of 180 in our area, just around 60 seats were involved. Such occasions in air travel are greatly uncommon. We snatched a column of four seats, turned the hand rests up, and dozed serenely, the distance to Rome! My pasta dinner was good. We attempted to watch a film, yet it was pleasant to rest in solace and that is the thing that most of the passengers did.

Arrival in Rome ( Roma)

We landed in Rome at around 9.45 am, Italy time. Roma airport is very far from the city. We met an Indian family who were booked on the same tour as ours. The Globus tour bus took us from the airplane terminal to Hotel Mediterraneano, a decent 5 star hotel. We were tired, jet lagged and not hungry, so we just rested for a while The 'Meet and Greet' session was at 5pm .It lasted about two hours. Our tour director was Aida, a lively young woman, clearly experienced in taking care of American tourists. The busload limit was 45, we were 43 tourists, for the most part from USA and a couple from Australia and Canada. So, needless to say, it was a full bus load! It was a nice blend in our gathering. We had some mature individuals like us, two young couples on their honeymoon, a couple of families of four, a mother with her young son, and a grandma with her 12 year old grandson. She was one of the most energetic member of the group, and made us work to keep pace with her on the walking trips! After the meeting we were treated to a genuine Italian dinner. I then realized what they mean by Italian dinners! We had plate of mixed greens, bread, Risotto, Penne, Spaghetti, another side serving of mixed greens, eggplant, stuffed bell peppers, and stuffed tomatoes, and a few pastries. All finished off with blueberry gelato and obviously presented with wine, red and white. What's more, that was just the veggie lover part; I have no idea of the other delicacies presented to the meat lovers group. I was so glad that we had skipped the early snack upon arrival. We were serenaded to Italian tunes, by a guitarist and woodwind player. At the end of the meal, the main server gave every one of the ladies a rose and kissed every one on the cheek. What a job description! The entire evening was a pleasant experience. We sat with our new Indian friends. Both husband and wife are in the IT industry. After dinner we went back to the hotel. We repacked for the following day. I attempted to get online to get to Yahoo on my tablet. Everything was in Italian, couldn't make sense of how to get the English form, frustrating. Needed to get up at 5.30am the following day! As our tour director Aida said, "All of you are not on a vacation, you are on a tour and that is work!

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Bus Tours, Europe, Italian Food, Italian Wines, Italy, Tourist Attractions, Travel

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author avatar Asha Desh
Freelance writer. My genre is a mixed bag . My articles include Reflections on life, Humor with meaningful messages, Travel, Light reading and Fiction.

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