Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Hilton Garden Inn (Rome, Italy)

No tours were planned for today. After breakfast I planned to find a place to wash clothes, mail a bill at a post office and walk around Rome some more. Roaming around Rome! Also to pick up my sweater fromthe nearby dry cleaners at 6:00 p.m.

You’d think finding a self-service laundromat would be easy. It wasn’t. The places near the hotel were either dry cleaners or places where they do the wash for you. After about an hour of walking, I ended up taking a bus to a place that I knew (or so I thought) was self-service. The cost was about 10 Euro for washing and drying, but at least I have more control over the washing and drying process. Getting clothes washed by the hotel is expensive and they are mixed in with other people’s clothes.

While the clothes were being washed I needed to find a post office to mail my payment to American Express. Also, not easy. Again more walking around and asking questions. I eventually found a post office and was in and out in 10 minutes. My payment goes to the U.K. so I just can’t buy a stamp and drop it into a post office box. Or make the payment on-line.

I returned to the laundromat and my clothes were washed but not put into the dryer. I coaxed the guy there to put the clothes into the dryer and I went across the street to eat lunch. I ordered fettuccine with shrimp and asparagus. It was yummy! By now it was around 3:00 p.m.

At 3:45 my clothes were dry and I folded the clothes and caught a bus back to the hotel. I would have liked to have taken a nap, but I waited a little then walked to the dry cleaners to pick up my sweater.

When I returned to my room I tried to take a nap but couldn’t sleep. I decided to work on an itinerary for when my brother, niece and her son arrive in Paris in May. She is working on part of the itinerary and I’m working on the non-Disney part of it. I should be working on the itinerary for when Barb is joining me in Sicily and Malta, but I’ll do that in the next couple of days. I’ve traveled before with Barb and she is pretty easy going.

Think I’m ready to check out tomorrow and travel by train to Sorrento. I feel that I’ve been in Rome long enough and ready for a new city. I’ll get one final take out from my favorite place and watch the latest episode of Star Trek Discovery while I eat my pizza.

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