Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Pick pockets in Roma
So we walked a few blocks, entered the church and came out near the Obelisk in the square and finally caught a bus towards Via Venezia, another familiar name. At this stage we decided to get a bus to somewhere, we knew not where and that's when Jim discovered both his wallet and cell phone were missing from the zipper pockets of his jacket! Now we knew why the man left us in such a hurry and why he was so upset when the lady tried to get us to go back to the Metro.
Jim was concerned about his Metro/Bus ticket that was in his wallet and I said just get on like you have your ticket in your pocket. You only have to put an all day pass in once a day. If for some reason an inspector gets on the bus....you will just have to realize for the first time that your wallet has been stolen. But, just as I thought...no one asked to see his ticket.
Back in the apartment much earlier than planned, we started the process of cancelling credit cards, etc. that happens when your wallet is stolen. We contacted our son-in-law in the USA and he took care of turning the IPhone into a "brick" and hopefully worthless to the person who took it. If they sign on to the Internet with it...it will take a photo of the location and send it to us which we can in turn give to the police. But, that will probably never happen. We had no ideal how to do this but figured our son-in-law did and sure enough he took care of it for us. Using our International Skype we first contacted the bank and then the credit card companies. We also filled a report with Equifax.com....no charge...and they noticed the other two credit reporting companies for us. It's good for 90 days. And so ended our day...we ate dinner and went to bed early.
We were up early this morning on Wednesday, and by 10 am we were out the door. First stop was at the TIM Store to activate the Italian cell phone that I'd purchased in 2013. Now Jim has that phone with him in case we get separated. I have to teach him how to use it this evening.
A short stop back at the apartment and we were on our way on bus 64 to Piazza Venezia...where we'd gotten the taxi cab yesterday. We were back on schedule. I knew that we could enter the old Rome on the tiny streets from here. We walked a few blocks the wrong way at first but soon Jim turned us around...fyi...he has a sense of freedom today not worrying about his pockets...and we were at the Gesu Church. Oops...it was closing for lunch as we entered and we were gently but firmly escorted to the door and told to come back at 4 pm. Well...cross that one off of our list. Back on the street we headed in towards the Pantheon; stopping first at the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva church that has the elephant and the obelisk in front of it. Inside we found the body of St. Catherine under the main altar...her head is buried in Siena, Italy. From there we walked to the French Church of San Luigi...it also was closed for lunch until three o'clock.
Then we headed back to the French church...it has the paintings of St. Matthew by Caravaggio. Oops...it was still closed. So we walked a few blocks over by the Parliament building to one of the more famous places to get gelato (ice cream) known at Giolitti. Very reasonable and good. We each had a double scoop...the smallest they serve...and finished them by the time we arrived back at the french church that was now open!
When we reached the large street of Via del Tritone we decided to hop a bus...we got engaged in conversation with a wonderful fellow from Pakistan as we passed several Metro Stops. Soon we didn't see any more Metro stops and when we asked where we were going...oops...time to get off and make new plans. We eventually found a bus heading towards Termini Station...just before it arrived we got off and entered the Metro at the Republica Station (across from the place we attended Mass on Saturday evening) and we finally knew where we were.
Soon we were at Flaminio Station, hopped off and walked across the large piazza to the church we wee looking for in Piazza del Popolo.....yep....more Caravaggio paintings in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo that is right next to the arch where you enter the Piazza.
Back on the Metro and home in minutes. We made a quick trip to the grocery store...we're eating on about ten euros a day by cooking in the apartment. Good meals including desserts and wine! It was six o'clock when we reached home. A good day of sightseeing. For those that count steps, my cell phone said that we'd walked 15,293 steps today.
I hope you've enjoyed this rather long journal of our past two days. The photos are loading slowly so will posr and add the rest of the photos to the web album tomorrow. Here is the link for the picasa web photos if you don't see the slide show playing below.
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