It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You're Paying For The Real Estate

The view down the Spanish Steps from our table on the balcony.

When we were in Rome in February this year, we had the most gorgeous weather for winter.  It was a glorious sunny day when we arrived, and we wandered from our hotel in search of some late lunch in the sun.  As we were mooching down the Spanish Steps, my hubby pointed out a bar/restaurant right on the edge of the Steps, about half way down, so we headed over there.

I can't remember the name of the place (yes, I am a BAD BLOGGER!), but we sat in the sun and had a pizza each and a glass (or two) of wine whilst we waited for our friends to arrive, and it was magnificent.  We were outside in the sunny warmth after flying out of the cold German rain, and the whole world was passing us by in an incredibly beautiful city.

Yes, we paid more than we would have if we'd found a little trattoria in a back street a few blocks away, but that's not what we wanted.  We were in Rome for about 48 hours and we wanted to enjoy it, and if paying a few more Euro to sit in a fab spot having a lovely time was the price of that enjoyment, then we were happy to pay it.

It's the same the world over.  You can find amazing little places well off the beaten track and have a fantastic time, or you can save your pennies and head to McDonalds - both of which I've certainly done whilst travelling -  but if you're only in a place for a day or two, I think it's worth paying a little extra for the real estate and enjoying yourself.

A pizza and a glass of white wine was about €16, and worth every cent.

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