Well on the bright side I really love Rome and want to come back. On the down side, we don't really have enough time here to see much.
Yesterday we took a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica which was excellent, but the line is so long, the tour took from 8:00am to 2:30pm. At night we took in some beautiful views of the city with a friend of my mom's, Luigi. Today I need to pay some credit card bills (just a few!) and balance my checkbook, so I had to take advantage of the free internet while I could. Kate is out seeing the Colloseum and we'll meet up later. Hopefully I'll get over to the Galleria Borghese and the Pantheon this afternoon.
One of very few "lesson-learned" experiences I've had in Europe was yesterday morning, with a badly-capped cafe latte in hand, I took quite a grandiose spill down a flight of stairs in the Termini metro station. It wasn't a subtle fall where you laugh and just keep walking. It was bad enough that 4 people stopped, to gasp and help me pick me up!
I'd noticed before that the stone steps in Europe are so smooth from all the wear over the years, but these were especially bad. I don't know how all the little old ladies riding the metro in big cities survive. I fell on the very first stair, so I probably made it down 3 stairs hitting my butt and elbow before I realized what happened. I have a couple light bruises, but my neck is really sore from the impact. Needless to say my jacket was drenched in coffee too, but as Kate pointed out, there are worse things it could smell like!
Off to Athens tonight by plane... a little exhausted right now, but still can't wait for Greece.