Then we had two older Italian gentlemen sit with us. They both spoke a little English and one asked us where we were from. We said the U.S. He said, "I know that. What part?" :) Again, it must have been obvious. He had been to New York City, San Francisco and Honolulu. He said New York City was his favorite. I asked one of the gentlemen why most Italians can speak English so well and he told us that the rest of the world speaks English so they need to know it. He said he had spent time in London when he was younger and that's where he learned most of it. Then one of the men gave us each a chocolate Easter egg and told us it was for good luck and fertility. That made us all laugh.
When I'm home and it is raining I'm holed up inside. Not today. It's been raining here most of the day and there is something about walking through the streets of the city that is quite stirring for me. It's chilly, it's damp and it's wonderful.
I thought the rain would keep people inside today but I was wrong about that. The umbrellas really added a sense of color to Rome today.