Day 25 – London

Posted on July 24, 2014

Past the point of no return.

Today turned out to be a mega-musical day. Not only did we have tickets booked for Phantom, but there was a spontaneous decision to go see the matinee for The Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon.

We got great seats even booking so late (though couldn’t purchase the cheapest ones available). We had some lunch at home and then walked to the theatre to see the show (starting at 2:30pm). It’s always great hearing these songs live and seeing the performances. There was much laughter and gnashing of teeth.

After the show we got some dinner (chinese) and then decided to stop at a cafe which sold gelato. I was surprised to say the least. The gelato at this place was possibly the best I’ve had. Yes, even against the “worlds best” in San Gimignano. It was so fruity and creamy…

I want more of this Gelato.

I want more of this Gelato.

After that, we went to the theatre for Phantom and took our seats. To sum up my experience of the show, it was good, but had some flaws.

Firstly, the audience. They sucked. Noisy, disrepectful and apparently dying of some terrible cough for the entire show. The show itself was good, the Phantom being the standout performer with some of the supporting cast not giving as much passion as I was hoping.

Overall the show was good though, and again it’s great to hear the music played live, though a few more instruments added to the orchestra would’ve improved it.

Tomorrow is Les Miserables. One day more…

Day 4 – Rome

Posted on July 3, 2014

Food is food for the soul.

Today started with a trip to The Pantheon. It’s only a 10-15 minute walk from our apartment. It’s a very large building. So large in fact, I had a hard time fitting it in frame for a photo. This was the best I could get (a fountain was blocking the ideal spot to stand).

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

Anyway, it’s pretty cool. There are some interesting things inside, but it’s just one room, so doesn’t take too long to look around.

After this, we went to get some Gelato. Mmmm. We came across a Lindt shop which also sold Lindt Gelato. It was pretty amazing. Also lots of chocolate and other candy in the store. We then went to another Gelato store for fruit flavours. It had a huge range of flavours (must have been over 50).

After a bit more walking, we stopped for lunch. This was one of the best restaurants we have been to yet. Got some delicious lasagne and pizza.

This is our last day in Rome; we leave for Florence tomorrow. Overall Rome was great. Especially the food.

Day 2 – Rome

Posted on June 30, 2014

When in Rome, eat Gelato.

We had an early start today and bought some breakfast to eat on The Spanish Steps. Lucky at that time there’s hardly anyone out.

Afterwards we started the substantial walk to The Colosseum. Stopped at The Soldier’s Monument on the way. That thing is huge.

The Soldier's Monument

The Soldier’s Monument

When we got to The Colosseum, we went inside and looked around for about an hour. It’s pretty interesting, but there’s a lot of other people around which diminishes the enjoyment a bit.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Of course it was supernova hot; enter Gelato. All the Gelato you want.

After a rest, we headed back to our apartment, stopping at a few churches on the way and buying some groceries for later today/tomorrow. We’re going to be making lunch here today and then heading out tonight for dinner.