Friday, 24 November 2017

ROME, ITALY 2017


As soon as you stepped into the place, you'll definitely recognise that ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY. The whole landscape is extravagant. Rome is anything but simple. We flew from London to Rome, about 2 hours flight time. We then took the train from Fiumicino airport to our apartment (Hello Fabio!). We stayed here only for a weekend and in my opinion, I think that's enough to have a stroll around the city.


Colosseum is one of the first places we've visited. Fabio left an Italy guide book in the room so I had a skim. The story behind Colosseum kept me awake on the first night. It's gory and barbaric. Unlike others who wanted to watch Gladiator after visiting this place, I feel the exact opposite. That aside, the place is very manly. We had our lunch on one of the restaurant across and the carbonara is not exactly what I expected. TIP: Don't eat nearby a touristy place, most often (not always) price is a rip off and quality is comme ci, comme ca. We kind of know that but we were getting really hungry and opted to get a proper lunch sooner rather than later.


We liked to walk a lot on our trips and this is no exception. TIP: Wear comfortable shoes and carry a bottle of water all the time. Bring some chocolate biscuits too (cheeky, I know) and reward yourself whenever you feel peckish. Weather is warmer than England so I decided to wear a light blazer because a chunky one would be a hassle especially on long walks.


OOTD shots at Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. I usually wear dark shades during winter (as we all do!) Since it's only a weekend holiday, I decided to wear light weight tops and pair them with burnt sienna boots. The white blazer was an impulse outerwear but I thought I'd do justice on the item considering I haven't worn it for more than three times (got it from H&M last 2014, I think). Bag is from Knomo and shades is Oakley (borrowed from Gab). Watch is from Fossil (it was a present from my mum).

     

Sunset on the Piazza.


Italian foods are divine. Tiramisu is melt-in-your-mouth. Pizza, though I'm not usually a fan, is very tasty and well made. Gelato is very creamy and indulgent as expected. I'd say the hole in the wall restaurants and coffee shops serve tastier food than the mainstream ones. TIP: Make a checklist of all the food that you want to try and tick them one by one as you go along. So satisfying! I mean, eating and ticking those boxes.





We headed back to London Monday morning. TIP: Best to book the Leonardo express train before hand. You will be charged with a penalty if you bought it from the airport itself. Luckily for us, the old man (I gave him a name, Papa Smurf) was so considerate (it was our first time) and charged us a rate just a little bit higher if we are to buy it beforehand. Bless him. So, don't make the same mistake we did, okay?

So that's a recap of our Rome weekend getaway. Will I go back to Italy? Yes of course! But we'd probably go to Venice or Florence next time. Reykjavik (ahhh... Northern lights!) is also on top of our list! Whenever I am in two minds whether to get my bum off the couch and travel, I call these words to mind. It's from Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. -CMK


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