Friday, September 9, 2016

Italy Blog #51: Arrival and Rome's Blue-Eyed Bellman

This guy looks like our bellman
On May 15, 2016 around 3:30 p.m local time we arrived in Rome! In this blog you'll get an introduction to our hotel, and a fun story about a bellman.

CHECKING IN AND CHECKING OUT -  After our car pulled up in front of the hotel, a bellman with deep blue eyes opened the front door for us as and took our luggage inside. We looked at each other and agreed he was hot. So, we "checked in" to the Hotel Bernini Bristol and we couldn't stop "checking out" the incredibly handsome, dark-haired, athletically built, blue-eyed bell man. We both went to the hotel desk to check in and we were looking for 5 Euro to tip the bellman. After checking in, we noticed the hot guy was back outside and another bellman took our luggage.  How disappointing. :)

FIRST IMPRESSION OF ROME - We took a short walk to the Trevi Fountain from our hotel. The streets were very crowded and there was heavy traffic. When we arrived at the fountain it was so jam-packed with people that it was hard to see it. We learned that Italians love their cigarettes. There were so many smokers walking all over the place!


Tridente Cafe booths
DINNER DILEMMA - Because the fountain was so crowded we opted to go to dinner. Despite the cloudy skies and on-and-off drizzle, we sat in outdoor cafe, but wound up getting up quickly because of so many smokers around us. We also learned that even in Rome, dinner was not served until 7pm.

GREAT TINY RESTAURANT IN ROME - Fortunately, we found a very small cafe  with indoor seating only (3 booths) called "Tridente Cafe."  It's located on Via del Tritone 170, Rome, Italy.  We wound up having a super-delicious pasta dinner there. Of course, it helped that the cook/waiter/everything was another handsome Italian man.

NEXT: THE HOTEL and TRITON FOUNTAIN

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14