||[Oct. 4th, 2004|12:35 am]
Where is everyone? I desire to speak.|
New pictures start on page 21.
I'm too drunk/tired to inject many pictures into my post tonight.
Did I say that I walked a lot yesterday? Cuz that wasn't shit compared to today. I woke up at noon, and set off almost immediately for the catacombs south of the city. I wasn't sure how far away it was, but figured I could make it. Well, I did, but my already blistered feet didn't much care for the trip.
Ultimately I made it to two catacombs, the Catacombs of Damatillo, and St. Callisto. The first was the oldest, the 2nd was the largest. Our tours, naturally, only covered a small part of them, though. The first tour was given by a friendly German college student. He told us not to take pictures, but then said he didn't care, but that he had to tell us that. So I took some discreetly. At the second one, they were more strict on the photo rule. But the tour was given by this really funny old priest. He kept making jokes the whole time, and then blessed us at the end.
After that I found myself on the Appian Way, the ancient main road into Rome. Evidently I was there on the right day, as they close it down to most traffic on Sundays. People stroll down it and check out the numerous tombs and ruins and expensive villas. Really gorgeous, and the weather was perfect.
By this point I was really tired, and it was getting dark, and I wanted nothing more than to get back to Rome as quickly as possible. But I didn't know where to catch a bus, and I still hadn't eaten all day. I started to walk back up the Appian Way, but nearly died when the sidewalk gave out just as the traffic picked up. I gave up and went back south. My guide book said there was a really good restaurant nearby, so I checked it out.
And dear lord, they were right.
I had possibly the best seafood ever in the form of a soup, and I definitely had the best pasta I've ever eaten in my life there. But this is where the real trouble starts. You really can't order just one glass of wine in Rome, so I had to order a whole bottle of Merlot. I drank most of it.
And then walked back several miles to the hotel. Wow.
Also, I took the long route and went by the Coleseum one more time, so I could see it at night.
Still, I'm looking forward to getting home tomorrow night.
Let's hang out.