March 16-17, 2016 – Traveling to Italy

Today is a very, very long day. When you use frequent flyer miles to travel, you get the least optimal routings. We start at SFO and fly to Chicago where there is a 4 hour layover. Then it is on to London. Hours later when we arrive at Heathrow there is another couple of hours layover. Finally we have the 2+ hour flight to Rome where we then end up standing in line for an hour with thousands of other people waiting to get through passport control. By the time we get our rental car and get out on the road it is already late in the afternoon. Boy, are we tired!

Since my whole body is thrumming with exhaustion, I think I’ll just post some pictures from today with captions. My brain isn’t feeling at all clever tonight. Starting tomorrow when we start our adventures, I’ll do better.

John enjoying a California cappuccino before the crack of dawn.
John enjoying a California cappuccino before the crack of dawn.
O'Hare terminal
O’Hare terminal
Where we spent 4 layover hours in Chicago
Where we spent 4 layover hours in Chicago
Where we spent a couple of layover hours at Heathrow
Where we spent a couple of layover hours at Heathrow
The Alps!
The Alps!

I have to say a word about our dinner in Viterbo. We figure we will get a small salad and a personal size pizza each for dinner. We arrive at the restaurant at 7:45PM so of course we are the first people there. So we don’t really know how big the servings are. On the menu the salad is called salatina capriccioso which means a little salad of whatever. It costs 3Euros. So we figure it can’t be very big. The pizzas range from 6Euros to 8 Euros. When the food comes out we realize that we could fed the three of us for 9 Euros! There is no way we can eat all this! And yet, all around us sit slender Italians eating their entire pizzas plus starters and desserts. Yes, they walk more than we do but they would have to walk a hell of a lot to burn off all those calories! It’s a mystery!

John having a St. Benoit's beer at Buongiorno Napoli
John having a St. Benoit’s beer at Buongiorno Napoli
Insalatina
Insalatina
Personal pizze
Personal pizze

Tomorrow we start out visiting the old section of Viterbo, once the home of popes. We will find some interesting towns with old churches to see on our drive to Siena where we will spend 4 days.

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