15.06.2014 - 15.06.2014 22 °C
Well it is times like this that make you realise you Australia is a bloody long way from everything. Our trip was loooong but relatively un eventful. We arrived in Singapore a little earlier than scheduled. It was a balmy 30 C so we headed straight for the rooftop pool at the airport for a dip and to loosen up cramped limbs. It was refreshing and meant we could shower and freshen up for the next leg. We were all feeling pretty tired after a late night previous. The flight was the longest we had ever taken and was a bit challenging but all good. Didn't catch any sleep though, Just watched movies and tried not to sob while watching the movie the Book Thief. Dylan watched a war movie in Russian language till we realised and sorted it into something in English. Changi airport is like a small city and was fairly impressive even if it was late.
Back on the plane at about 1 am and looking to catch up some sleep during the next leg. Dylan spent the whole trip studying the inflight map with regular updates how far to go till we get there in hours and km (this may have made trip just a little longer). Very weary and over it by the time we arrived. We were amazed by the lax customs in Rome and I was terribly disappointed that I couldn't even get a smile out of the incredibly bored but good looking Italian customs guy as he stamped my passport without even looking at any of us.
Rome gave us a stormy welcome with lots of thunder and passing showers. I was glad we had organised a car and early checkin for accommodation. We got to the apartment which is spitting distance from the Vatican. You can just see the top of the duomo of St Peters basilica from the tiny terrace. Very comfortable in an old building in cobbled street with no traffic.
We freshened up and then decided to go out and orient ourselves. We could hear the bells ringing as it was Sunday morning. The crowds were flocking into the piazza so we followed along for a look. We were too early for the pope. The crowd was huge and people watching was fun. There was a long queue to get into the church for the service. Boys were starving so we went to find a pizza for lunch. Then off to locate the supermarket. We found a spar supermarket just like at home but were amused to see the sign on the front was 'da spar'. No baked beans to be found.
Then back to the apartment where we had a little nanna nap. Or should I say nonna nap. I know I wasn't supposed to let myself sleep but I just couldn't function. Finished off the evening with a nice pasta meal and the second gelato for the day ! Naughty! It's now 930 and I am struggling with my eyelids again.