Paws for thought
Yes, I'm back from my lightning-fast trip to Rome - have you seen my photos on Facebook? I had an amazing time with the deputy ed (even if she didn't take me to play with gladiators in the Colosseum ...). Three days of walking in the sunshine, seeing history in the streets and buildings, and filling my belly - the perfect combination of activities!
Rome is such an ancient city. According to legend, it was founded in 753 BC! The men who built it, Romulus and his twin, Remus, were raised by a she-wolf. Of course there are lots of ancient cities in the world, but what's amazing about Rome (and I noticed the same thing in Athens last summer) is that you come across a 2,000-year-old temple or wall right next to a highway, traffic light or McDonald's. It's crazy but incredible.
Despite all the amazing history in the city, though, for me - like many visitors and residents - Rome is all about the food. You know how this mutt loves his chow! On our first full day, we went on a food walking tour. First we visited a market, where we tasted buffalo mozzarella, bresaola and six different types of tomatoes. I didn't know there were six different types of tomatoes, but the man at the tomato stall had 40 different kinds!
Next, we had breakfast. The favourite way to start the day in Rome is with a cappuccino (although you must never order cappuccino after noon, as people will know you're a tourist!) and a cornetto - a delicious pastry, usually filled with cream. I wish I hadn't stolen half of Karly's cornetto, though, because I was almost (almost!) too full for the next stop: Volpetti, a shop full of salami, olive oil, pasta, pastries, chocolate and CHEESE! I tried to hide in one of the cheese counters, but Mr Volpetti said I was distracting his customers. I can't help being cute!
For lunch, we went to a traditional Italian restaurant with a twist - it's located in the heart of a mountain! The 'mountain' is actually a huge pile of discarded pottery containers from between the first and third centuries. People realised how cool it was beneath the pile, and stored wine and food there. What an interesting landfill!
We finished the day with my favourite Italian speciality - gelato! Our tour guide taught us how to tell the difference between real and fake gelato - if it looks like it came from a rainbow, or is whipped like a Mister Softee, don't touch it!
After a day filled with eating ourselves silly, there was only thing to be done - decide what to eat for dinner!