Sunday, March 04, 2007

L'utimo giorno (the last day)

Sigh! Okay someone is messing with me. As if I didn't already love this city, today is one of those perfect spring days. I had great weather all week. Today it's around mid to high 70s and sunny. All the outdoor caffes are packed.

I got lost once again this morning. I was trying to check out the area just behind Trastevere and ended up near some big park (Dora Villa area?). I walked all the way back home then had a quick lunch outside at Caffe Marzio (sp), which is on the S. Maria in Tastevere Piazza.

Last night hung out with Ettore in the Piazza Navona area. Earlier in the day I went to Santa Vittoria and it was closing hours again, so I will have to see that church another time. I had lunch at another favorite place, 'Gusto Osteria. I had the Orechiette with Clams and some kind of greens (maybe the infamous chicory?). Seriously, this dish was so good I almost passed out. Alright that statement was a little melodramtic but the food was that delicious. While I was there the owner put on Barry White's greatest hits.

Between Barry's (may he rest in peace)deep sexy baritone voice and the food it was sensory overload. Speaking of sexy, there was no exchanging of numbers (or anything else)with members of the opposite sex on this trip but I am continuing on my quest to bring "sexy back" to my world in L.A. So what if no one else notices, the days of moping, whining, worrying about the future, obsessing about the past and being on strike must come to an end.

I will be flying all day tomorrow, so I must go and pack.

Ciao bella Roma.


sognatrice said...

The weather really is fabulous isn't it? Can't wait to hear more about this bringing the sexy back business ;) Hope to see you around the Bel Paese again soon!

Tracie B. said...

have a good flight! ci vendiamo :)

Tracie B. said...

sorry, i'm sure that non ci VENdiamo, ci VEDiamo...

Janet said...

Ooooohhhh...I've SO enjoyed your posts from Italy! I can only imagine how melancholy you'll be once you're home, as you'll obviously be leaving your heart in Italy.

Your description of what you've eaten brings back memories of wonderful food there -- and remember I haven't been any closer to Rome than the Holiday Inn at Viale Castello Della Magliana (sp?).

Welcome home anyway, and I hope your return trip wasn't too tramatic.


Anonymous said...

Honey, all i can say after living in rome for 12 years is- it puts up a good front but don't be fooled by it! Sure, it comes across as a fabulous city but living here is a totally different story. It will fray your nerves in no time and drain your pockets too. AND don't get me started on working in the cinema world here- again, great front but behind it lurks some truly nasty stuff. The spell wore off and I finally started seeing this city for what it is, and honestly, it's not a pretty picture. It's a great place to be if you are loaded and have $ to burn, but if you're looking to get ahead in your career and trying to get by financially, then this is NOT a good place. salaries are crap and the cost of living is high. sorry, i don't mean to bring you down but i just want to lay the facts on the table. cheers!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

sognatrice - Yeah I am curious about this sexy back myself. I feel as sexy as the Michelin Man right now.

tracie b. - non problema. thanks again for chilling with me in Napoli.

janet - I have been back in L.A. for less than four hours and I'm already annoyed.

Anon - Most of my Roman friends are in the film business so I hear all about the pros and cons. Anyway, I am not moving to Rome to build on my career. I have done that for years. As a writer I could live anywhere as long as I have a laptop and internet connection.

Re: the cost of living, two bedroom apts. in my L.A. neighborhood avg. a cool million. I can't afford to buy an apartment in L.A. either. LOL.