After the departure of Gill, Andre, Josh and Jordan to Venice and Slovenia, the remaining team headed south along the A1 to Rome. We arrived on Saturday and drove around Rome (scary) dropping Mike and Charmaine at their apartment, their rental car at the Hertz depot and then finding our hotel. We had discovered a place to stay – Hotel Barocco – online. It is located on Piazza Barberini and, importantly for us, it welcomed dogs (unlike the hotel we usually stay at in Rome – Barberini).
The temperature over the weekend was around 29 degrees so the girls could come along on our walks. They got to see the sights and, more importantly, for them sample the smells of Rome.
The first night we left the girls in our hotel room when we went out for dinner, thinking they would sleep after the drive south. We arrived back at about 11pm and were informed by a slightly disturbed front desk clerk that the girls had barked and kept other guests awake all evening. We were in danger of being evicted.
Barking struck us as unusual as the girls are normally quiet unless disturbed. It turned out that a poor housemaid had gone into our room to turn down the bed and was met by a barrage of barking, growling and general dogginess. She left the room in double quick time but the damage had been done and girls kept on barking.
Suffice it to say from that point on we made extensive use of the “do not disturb” sign when they were in the room and in the evenings the girls came along with us to experience dinner in some of Romes most popular restaurants.