“Roman Holiday” is an apt title seeing as a) it is my second favourite Audrey Hepburn movie, and b) I just recently had a layover in Rome! (and what better way to recover from my Roman cold than to write a post about the city itself!) I was very lucky to check my roster on standby and see FCO (Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumincino Airport) flash up! I quickly started to practice my Italian PA’s (which turned out to be unnecessary) and packed my suitcase. After almost being taken off the flight, I went to check in, went through security, the briefing and finally onto the aircraft, where I was the galley operator, which meant that I was in charge of organising over 150 meals for the two services on the flight! It was busy but went quickly, which was good!After we landed, and strutted through the airport amongst some bewildered stares, cameras flashing (I kid you not) and a few complements, we were all checked into out hotel and ready for a drink. A nice glass of chianti and some snacks later, it was time to turn in, in order to enjoy our full day sightseeing the next morning!
Becky from the UK, Malin from Sweden and I set out on the 8am bus to La Citta Eterna “The Eternal City”. Our bus stopped opposite Le Teatro Marcello, just a stones throw away from the Colosseum, the first stop on our list!
After seeing that and the surrounding ruins, we decided to head for Piazza Navona, which I remembered to be a lovely square bursting with culture and charm.
Unfortunately, my map reading skills were not as great as my memory, and after leading us to “the ghetto” of Rome (or so it felt like) we hopped in a taxi to Campo dei Fiori, which is also a beautiful piazza in the centre of Rome.
We walked around, went shopping, ate antipasti, drank coffee, ate pizza (I even managed to ask for gluten free for my celiac friends), did more shopping and ate gelato. As you can see, a bit of a pattern developed! All the while enjoying the sunshine and taking pictures, it was a LOVELY day in Roman paradise!
All too soon it was time to go back to the hotel and rest (not me,I had a frappe and couldn’t sleep!) and prepare for the flight back to Dubai, and what a flight it was!! Over half of our 300 or so passengers did not speak a word of English! I was in my element, using my language skills that hadn’t been of use for over 4 years! I was a bit rusty, but after the service a few passengers came to the galley and helped me practice a bit! It was great fun 🙂 I was even more excited to land as I was puppy-sitting for the day when we got in 😀 a great couple of days, and a few days off afterwards to help me recover from this nasty cold! Enjoy the pictures, I had the best time capturing these moments for you all 😉 xxx