European Vacation – Rome – Day 2

We got up and grabbed a bus into town this morning.  We weren’t thrilled with the bus ride, but didn’t have to worry about getting lost or finding a place to park.  Getting off the bus was a problem though.  The bus was really crowded and both Karen and Alvena couldn’t make it out the door before it closed and the driver left with them yelling for him to wait.  So, I started walking towards the next stop and when they got off, they started walking back.  We met up without a problem though.  I did have a couple of guys following me though.  🙂

We spent a couple of hours wandering around some shops – didn’t buy anything, and then had lunch before heading over for a tour of Rome.

We really enjoyed the tour.  Our only complaint was that the double decker bus did not have air conditioning and it was hot.

We stopped at Trevi Fountain and I threw 2 coins into it.  I can’t remember how many coins Karen and Alvena threw in.   I remember them saying what the number of coins meant – but don’t remember what it is now.  I just did a quick search online and the only reference they make is that if you throw in a coin you will return.  I know the tour guide told us that something was supposed to happen for 1, 2 or 3 coins.  If anyone knows, please let me know – thanks.

We went through the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basicila.  At the time, the Pantheon was the oldest and best preserved building and St. Peter’s Basilica was the largest church in the world. Both buildings were beautiful.

All the ruins were below the city streets because Rome was built on top of the ruins.  I didn’t know that, but I wrote it in my diary, so they must have told it to us on the tour.

I have Trevi Fountain for my pictures today – one taken by me and another is a postcard.  There was no way to get far enough back to get the whole fountain in a picture.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Today was July 7th, 1975.