We went to Rome ealier this month. OK we forgot to tell you that but honestly we don’t have very much to report. And the reason is spelled H.E.A.T.W.A.V.E.
Of course we were aware it can be apocalyptically hot in Italy during the summer months but this was ridiculous. Hanna’s nail polish and Alex’s hair wax were melting away before they even finished putting it on. Not to mention Sam who was begging to go back to the Sahara desert. For starters:
– We had to stay in our Hotel between 10AM and 8PM. We just couldn’t go outside since it was way too hot to handle.
– To see any of the most important historical sights, like the Coliseum, the Vatican (we hope the Pope has air-conditioning), we had to get up at 5AM!! This was supposed to be a relaxing holiday not boot camp, right?
The first morning we went to the Coliseum. Yep, we made it! But when it was time to go back to the hotel the heat was just unbearable so we had to take a taxi. To make a long story short – we spent a fortune on taxi rides to various historical sights. Trust us, we were NOT planning to see Rome from the backseat of a car licking on an ice cream to keep cool.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, well, it did. Later in August the temperature went up to 40C and take a look at what happened as soon as we left the city: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/italy-heatwave-brings-down-historic-wall-section-in-rome