Monday, June 13, 2011

3rd Day in Rome

3rd Day in Rome

Breakfast was at a cafe further down the road.... 2 rows of pricing which we dun understand why.... a cup of cuppucino is 1.20 euro in the first row and 3 euro in the second row...maybe it's the pricing for a cup vs a pot???? gave it a try.... and paid heavily.... our cups of cuppucino cost 3 euro each.... then i recalled that either vivian or li li jiejie had told me that the pricing for eating in the restaurant and ordering take away is of 2 different pricing....

went back and google and true enough, "banco" the heading for the first row of pricing means having food at the bench - a counter top where u need to stand and consume your food and "tavolo" the heading for the second row of pricing means having the food at a table....


so 夸张 lo.... the same cup of coffee differs at a pricing of 1.80 euro which is like S$3.24 per cup = S$6.48 for our 2 cups of cuppucino.... 有一种被骗的感觉... 真的是旅客的钱最好骗.... =(

After breakfast, we went to purchase train tickets for our journey from rome to florence the next day... 17.25 euro each on the regional train which will take slightly less than 4 hours...there's one train every 2 hours so do make sure to check the departure time... =)... ours was at 1058am.... regional train is the cheapest type of train, but with more stops in between the cities... the other two types of trains are intercity trains and eurostars.... slightly and alot faster and also slightly and alot more expensive la....




Mr Ang at the ticket machine.... moments after this photo was taken, Mr Ang got cheated of euro 50 cent .... we were trying to figure out why there's only 1 ticket printed when we paid for two when this CHEAT came over, took the 50 cent from Mr Ang's hand, "dun know point what bird on the ticket" as described by Mr Ang, and walked off.... we were stunned abit but was glad he took the 50 cent and not the 5 dollar and 10 dollar note that Mr Ang was holding in his hands as well....




so people who are travelling in rome, BE CAREFUL with your money.....




surprisingly, rome is very lokcok...the streets are dirty.... the buildings, shops and train stations are heavily vandalised and there's no safety barrier..... people also do not stand behind the yellow lines....









The 3rd day in rome was actually a very free day with only 1 place to visit.... so Mr Ang suggested visiting the rome stadium which is the home ground for the soccer team - ROMA. So off we go on our little adventure, to a place where we din do any research on.... so we just have to ask along the way lo....




so ask ask ask...we are back at ottivano station, changing to bus 32... it's kind of troublesome to take a bus cos you dun pay for the journey on the bus...



you have to look around the bus stop







for shops that display the word "TABACCHI"....





then you go in to buy the tickets from the storekeeper.... 1 euro per ticket irregardless of distant again... it looks exactly like the metro tickets....





and must remember to validate the ticket on the yellow machines in the buses... there are two of them on each bus... so after validating, the time and date will be printed on the tickets ....







we validated our ticket on 08/06/2011 @ 13.01









look out for the pinky building (universita) with the olympic logo....





and right next to it will be the stadium - STADIO OLIMPICO








the football season is over and will only restart in August so the stadium was very empty except for a few other soccer fanatics such as Mr Ang...






took 霸王 bus back to the station cos the only shop in the stadium that has the "TABACCHI" sign was close.... luckily, no bus conductor around ...=P






shop shop around the station area, everything was so expensive so we ended up enjoying gelato again.... hahahaha.... it seems that eating gelato is the only thing we could afford to enjoy in europe lo....













proceeded to Piazza del Popolo in the late afternoon...



we sat on some steps to people watched and dog watched...italy is a super pro dog country.... dogs are allowed on the bus, in trains and even in stores such as Zara....and we are not only talking about cute and small dogs here.... 1/2 of the dogs we saw here are big dogs.... i call them wolves....

there were people playing with water bombs at one corner .... seems like some sort of performance...were curious but were also too 怕死 to check it out.... from the news later did we find out that it was a anti nuclear power demonstration by university students....

from review, the sunset was supposed to be stunning.... but sunset in italy now is 9+ at night oh... so we decided to head for dinner....




it's always amazing to read the menu in italy cos a quarter litre of white wine is cheaper than a can of coke... what's wrong with the pricing here man???







pasta (again) for dinner.... carbonara for him, tomato sauce for me....


i m getting so sick of eating pasta.... =P






i miss wanton mee, roast pork rice, hor fan, chee cheong fun.... argh!!!

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