A very accomodating limo driver came to pick us up and had to leave his spare tire at Doppio Coffee, a business below our apartment in the same building:
The photographer wasn't feeling well in Atlanta. Consequently, we don't have any pictures of the nice hotel and all. We had a pleasant morning there. It was sunny, the WIFI was free, the people friendly, and our last American breakfast buffet good. But now Doug had a sore throat. Soon we both realized we had new colds. Otherwise, things were looking up for the rest of the trip. We set off alone in the hotel van and drove right up to curbside baggage service. They didn't recharge us for all that baggage--our only victory with Delta. Things seemed fine until Doug said he didn't know where his passport was. Doug knows that when I really get upset I go all quiet. I remember just saying, "I don't believe this, I don't even know what to say..." After he left to go back and get the passport that he was hoping was still in our hotel room, I did say a few choice things to the clerk who was very nice and understanding of Doug--more than I admit I was. So we went through security after the return of the passport and the flight was longgggggggggggg and tiring but landed in Rome!!!
Vince came out of the oversize baggage door after we told the guys helping us (Doug used his Spanilano while I was getting the bags off the carosel) that we were waiting for un cane. They had no worries about yelling at the luggage crew to get the dog. No document checking, no nothing. Just another piece of baggage and out the door--also no Customs. Gotta love Italy.
The only fun left was driving from Rome to Santa Domenica. The autostrada was not very crowded, we remembered the route, and it all went well even though we both were sick. Vince turned out to be the strongest traveler. We passed some new sights on back roads during a rest stop:
We arrived in Santa Domenica during passeggiata so everyone immediately knew the Americani were back. We saw our front door and fairly quickly got all that stuff inside--with some local help: