Wednesday- we had a lazy day and found a grocery store, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain (drained and in scaffolding for repairs but we threw in coins anyway). We ate lunch at a restaurant that was supposed to have wifi but it didn’t work very well and I couldn’t send email.
Thursday- We spent most of the day in ancient Rome exploring the Forum ruins and the Colosseum. So much history. Enmgamer thought both were very interesting. The younger two thought they were a bit boring. We found some interesting kids books on ancient Rome and gladiators in a gift shop. I have a weakness for books so chalked the purchased up to “homeschooling supplies”.
I went out later to look for an Italian sim card for my phone since I was no longer able to send texts or call. Since we didn’t have internet at the apartment (when we thought we would) and internet was difficult to find, access (register with credit card and cell phone number) or get to work. I wanted my phone to work. I didn’t like not having a way to contact anyone. I want the kids to be able to reach Paul if something should happen to me. After much walking, asking and looking in several shops I was able to buy a new card. Oddly, cell phone stores don’t seem as common in central Rome as they have been in other places we’ve visited, even out of the way Le Puy en Velay.
When I returned home Enmgamer told me she was able to get a little internet access from a nearby hotel if she stood at the window with her ipod over the railing. She was able to instant message Paul. That was a real godsend as Paul was able to help us get info we needed for upcoming travels when my cell phone stopped working and I could no longer send texts. The kids were thrilled to be able to "talk" to their Dad.