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February 15, 2018

A Trip to Rome & Paris

Today's for Top Ten Thursday, we're taking an imaginary city trip! Pick a location you've been wanting to visit, google the h*** out of the internet and put together the top ten things you want to see, do, experience, eat, etc. there!

DAY 1 — Rome, Italy
The flight to Rome was not great but the view of the clouds removed some of the bad vibes though I was stuck in the middle seat between a tall man with a scowl on his face and an old lady who chattered into a phone recorder. The noises were hard to ignore but at least, I got ear plugs which only worked slightly.

01/ Check into a small, homely hotel (Roman Holiday)
It was night when I arrived in Rome. The lady behind the desk spoke broken English but at last, I went up to my room by many winding stairs. It was small but lovely. In the morning, when I woke up to take a shower, I found a strange lady there. She was the maid and she was surprised to see me but she smiled before she left me the towels. I should never book hotels again without first asking how the cleaning service was.

02/ A ride on a motorbike on the streets of Rome (Roman Holiday)
It was a warm afternoon when I woke up after a long nap. Somehow I managed to secure a ride through the street of Rome from a really nice fella who was an American. He smiled far too much showing off his perfect but coffee-stained teeth.

03/ At the Mouth of Truth (La Bocca della Veritá) (Roman Holiday)
We stop at the Mouth of Truth and the American dared me to stick my hand in the mouth. The myth is that it would bite the hands off of liars. I shook my head. I'm not a liar but who wants to take the chance of losing a hand?


04/ A walk on the Spanish Steps (Roman Holiday)
I brought an ice cream cone and sat on the Spanish Steps. Though it was still hot, the ice cream made it a very enjoyable day plus I had another cone and a whole bunch of junk food.

05/ A party out in the night (Roman Holiday)
Somehow I ended up at a party and I danced with a barber and then a very handsome gentleman. I danced rather clumsily but he didn't notice or pretended not to notice. Though there were some strange scuffles about but otherwise the evening was quite lovely.

DAY 3 — Paris, France
Soon I was on a flight to Paris though I had to pay extra for a later flight as I missed the first flight. I woke up late. The time difference wasn't much but it certainly affected my sleeping habits. The flight was short which was nice. A quick check in at a hotel, a short nap and off I go.

06/ A visit to a bookstore (Funny Face)
I strolled around the streets and found a little book shop. The place was small but it was heavenly. Most of the books were old paperbacks and in French but I looked through them just the same. A whole bunch of people came for a photo shoot and ushered me out rather quickly.

07/ A night bateau-mouche (open boat) ride on the Seine (Charade)
Met an American there, he seemed nice but somewhat sly. Could he be a spy or some sort of government agent? It's hard to say though he was quite a gentleman.


08/ A visit to the Eiffel Tower (Funny Face)
What's a visit to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower? There were these people bursting into song right there but I didn't mind. It was fun to watch them. But the best part was the view - it was amazing.

09/ The art museum Musée Carnavalet (The Musee Carnavalet) (How to steal a million)
Everything here was wonderful though the security seems rather serious standing guard. It was far more crowded than usual but I did get to see some artwork and sculptures though no cameras was allowed so no pictures. There was some excitement about a special sculpture but I didn't pay much attention.

10/ A meal at the Maxim's, 3 Rue Royale (How to steal a million)
The meal was satisfying and the company was interesting and quite handsome. The man just appeared and started talking to me though he seem quite focused on crime. A quick after dinner walk and that was the end of the trip.

Where do you want to go on your on trip?  For more Top Ten Thursdays, visit Tamara here.

Image credits links: Rome, Italy image by David IliffRoman Holiday screenshotsSpanish Steps in Rome Photo by Piotr aka 2pi.pl  • Paris, France photo by Sergey Ashmarin  •  Funny Face screenshots  • Charade screenshots 1 , 2  •  How to steal a million screenshots 1, 2, 3Musée CarnavaletMaxim's photo by Natlo47


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    1. it was fun for me too, I spent a lot of time looking up movie info and images.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

  2. Very cool linking the cities to movies :-)
    I'm basically between Paris and Rome, so make sure to stop in Switzerland - I have at least one movie location for you: the fictional Piz Gloria (Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland) is where James Bond, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, was filmed.

    1. I guess I could make a stop in Switzerland for a day or two. Piz Gloria looks good but cold, I think I have better bring an extra coat.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

  3. I had no idea you loved old movies like I do Lissa, and I can totally relate to this because I've seen each of those movies several times and dreamed. I loved the way you put it all together! For me, I dream of visiting Alaska and Switzerland. Hope your Friday is fun! Hugs...RO

    1. I used to watch a lot of classic movies but I have since tapered off but I've always love audrey hepburn movies especially 'roman holiday' as it was my first introduction to audrey hepburn.

      Alaska and Switzerland are cold places as oppose to Rome & Paris though there are probably cold winter there but I think it's slightly warmer. I hope you get to go to Alaska and Switzerland some day.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

  4. what a fun blog post. we love Audrey here.

    1. I've always been a audrey hepburn fan. I would visit these places if I wasn't such a home body, these are real places, well, some of them have changed and are no longer the same but most are still there.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

  5. Such great films which I'm sure have inspired so many people to visit those beautiful cities. I've made it to Paris but I'm still to visit Rome. Ever since I saw Roman Holiday as a young girl I've wanted to put my hand in the mouth of truth.
    Have a great week Lissa.

    1. it's the same for me, I did want to go to Rome when I saw Roman Holiday. I hope you get to go to Rome and see the mouth of truth.

      thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day.


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