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To Rome

Thursday, add day on the train; Friday to Roma Termini, Convent & Kevin

To Italy--Thursday & Friday
Thursday it was up early and off to the TGV train station. Transferring in Lyons, I had the unexpected surprise of learning that I would be travelling through the French Alps! Very quickly, we began going up into the mountains, passing lakes and seeing souring peaks in the distance. The architecture began changing slowly to distinctive Alpine homes.

The trip required two changes of trains, but I found this to be easier to navigate than I thought it would be. I’m still apprehensive about navigating all these routes by myself and fear getting hopelessly lost; but I’m doing okay.

Arriving at my hotel by taxi, I found myself directly opposite the Central Station, where I will catch my train to Rome the following day. The hotel was small, sleek, modern and cheap; obviously designed for travellers who need an inexpensive night along the way, such as myself.

I set off for a light supper and to get a new Italian SIM card for my phone; successful in both endeavours.

Friday--to Rome
I deliberately gave myself the morning off; thinking I would do some sight seeing. Instead, I found myself altering plans. Fr Michael had a business trip to Spain, and the original plans would no longer work. I spoke on telephone to Fr Michael & Elizabeth (using my new Italian number), and we got our schedules aligned.

I did get some exploring in, but the sleek Milano shopping district will have to wait until I am here with the Pumphrey’s.

On the train to Rome: My train is the express Rossa, which is nearly deserted, and I’ve been clocking speeds of up to 165MPH; and it’s a direct train with no stops. Soon, I will be at the Roma Termini, and a short taxi ride to the convent and meeting Kevin.

Kevin and I met at the Convent, a few minutes walk from S. Peter’s. After getting caught up, we went to a pizzeria one of the sisters recommended; and there we continued catching up. After dinner, we walked along the street to see where it led, rounded the corner, and the golden dome of S. Peter’s loomed in front of us in the evening sun. A great start to our Roman pilgrimage.

Posted by stbrides 07:43 Archived in Italy

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