Loading up the rental car before we depart Rome for Assisi
Driving in Rome can be terrifying, exhilarating, frustrating and nearly impossible all at once. We had been warned (and have seen first hand) about the road hazards and had hoped to avoid driving if possible but for convenience and budget reasons, we took to the open roads in a little rental car. Our mission: get to Assisi. The challenge: getting out of Rome. Tim really proved his urban skills on this mission. With his faithful navigator (me) and his worthy passengers (the boys) he successfully reached the GRA (freeway) and even found a gas station with diesel (just adding to the excitement, the car was rented to us with 1/4 tank).
Entering the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi; our first stop in Assisi
View from our bedroom window at St. Anthony's Guest House, Assisi, Italy
St. Rufino, Assisi
Wild boar on the menu at dinner, we visited an overpriced but decent restaurant after Mass. The waitress wasn't going to admit she spoke English, until Tim asked, "Do you speak English?" and she admitted that she did. Still having difficulty paying outrageous prices for tap water, we allowed Peter to slip into the bathroom to fill up his cup a few times. Raising rebels, I know. Dehydration can cause disruption in normal parenting techniques...
Checking out posted menus for prices and selections is all part of the dinner time routine.
Waiting for water...
- Gas station to-go sandwiches here are better than most we make at home.
- Being jammed into a compact car for several hours on windy roads gives us a new appreciation for our comfortable transportation at home.
- I've filled an 8G memory stick already with photos and videos; not quite one week into our trip!