Siamo Qui.  We are here.  

After a long day of travel, we arrived in Rome, the Eternal City, at 11:30 AM on Thursday, September 9, 2010.  We settled into our hotel located next to the Pantheon in the Piazza Rotunda.  We have stayed here before and welcome the familiarity of the hotel and the surrounding area.

We spent a good part of the next day visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica as well as walking for hours through the narrow streets that always seem to, eventually, open onto one interesting piazza after another.  We stopped for lunch at a restaurant we like located in Compo de Fiori which is a large square with a bountiful open air market.  It makes for a fun place to browse and it brings back a lot of memories since we had rented an apartment in this area when we visited Rome with our children in 1999.

Annemarie had set my phone up so that it would work in Italy and we would be able to be in contact with home and with the office.  We had a little trouble getting our computer hooked up to the Internet but now that seems to be working.  We will need the computer to be able to e-mail our office.  Yes, even in Rome, we want to stay connected to our business. 

As we walked over to the Pantheon the first night, the area was teeming with tourists speaking languages from all over the world.  I could not help but comment to Annemarie that I felt as if they were all intruding on my quest to reconnect with my roots.  I felt as a child might if he came home only to find it full of strangers.  Well, I have to accept that we are just two more tourists who came to marvel at all that is Italy.  Ciao, for now.