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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Our Flat in Rome



We're on the move again and Rome is at the top of the list. Ideally we would have settled in for a couple of months but after the snow last March and the cold spring in Paris I wasn't too keen to spend a second winter in Europe. Despite my British passport I may finally be becoming an Californian girl. I love the off season in Europe, but I'd like to get some of the good weather too! 


However, we couldn't resist a little Roman taster, we'll have three weeks  to get our feet wet, see things that have been on our list for ages and discover new neighborhoods. I love Rome, it has always been my favorite city in Europe and I'm thrilled to have the chance to see more of it. It has a charm and character all of it's own. I didn't visit Rome till I was in my thirties and I was immediately enchanted, returning serval times for increasingly longer stay. The past is so vivid here that it no longer appears to be another country, to paraphrase Hartley.

We've rented a one bedroom apartment on the Via dei Chiavari  and I'm very much looking forward to our stay.  It's a characterful neighborhood, not far from the Piazza Navona and the Campo die Fiori. Originally we planned to stay a little further out, but with only three weeks we opted for a more central locale. We should be able to walk to lots of places from here. 

As you can see below, the apartment is not particularly large but it looks comfortable enough and reasonable bright. When we arrive I'll let you know if it lives up to expectations. As long as they aren't starting on months of general renovations to the building, as they were at the places we rented in the Marais, we should be fine!


The kitchen  is small but looks well equipped. There is a window, though you can't see it from this angle.
the kitchen
This is the view from the living room...
The bedroom looks fairly simple but has another nice view over the rooftops, a  lovely wood beamed ceiling, a small desk and king-sized bed. The ensuite bathroom is in the same monochromatic design as the kitchen. Hopefully it's a little larger than our place in the Marais which was tiny.
                
So, it's a new city and a new place. It isn't a stylish or modern as the flat in Paris, or as spacious as the place we had in Lisbon but I think we'll be happy here for a few weeks. We found it through Sabbaticalhomes.com  and it turned out to be a property that is both very popular and well reviewed on Slowtrav.com. Once again we found that rates were negotiable in the off season.


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