Monday, July 3, 2017
This trip was more about learning to "let my little girl go" more than anything. She's all grown up now, but a mom can still worry. We shared a plane ride as far as Germany and then she and her BFF Jessica split off from us and went to Warsaw, Poland of all places.
Mom and I continued to Guardia to see our Italian friends and get our casa straightened up and get the power turned on, propane for the heater, etc. And then meet back up with the girls in Rome two days later and bring them back to Guardia. We caught the outgoing bus leaving Guardia around 7:30 am.
Helpful tip: The bus stop we use isn't too far past Pasquale's Tana dell Orso. With your back towards La Meridiana, the Municipo, the Gran Caffe, etc., walk straight past Tana dell Orso. At the major street on your left, turn left and walk until you see the covered bus stop on the right side of the street. Not far, you can see it pretty much immediately. There are usually school kids there waiting for their bus. When their bus comes, you can get on it if you want, but there is a second bus that comes afterwards. That's the one the local adults use. It only costs 1 euro, 10 cents. Take that bus into Telese. Get off and if I remember correctly, when you exit the bus, take a right. You should be on the street called Via Roma. You are looking for the street called Viale Minieri. That street dead ends at the train station. Maybe a 10 or 15 minute stroll. The first train doesn't come until a little after 9am. There is a coffee bar next to the train station. They have a restroom, the train station does not.
We checked into our Rome apartment we found on Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) and headed to the Pantheon to meet the girls. The girls got a really good rate on Ryanair from Warsaw to Rome (Ciampino Airport), like 35 euros. They took a cab from the airport to the Pantheon where we were waiting for them (50 euro).