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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Our Trip To Italy

Thursday, March 23 - Monday, April 3, 2017

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Day 1
Getting to Rome, Italy

We flew from MCO (Orlando International Airport) to PHL (Philadelphia International Airport). We had a layover of about four hours at PHL, so we had plenty of time to explore the airport.

We've visited Philadelphia a couple of times before, and, like many people, we like Phily cheesesteaks. This airport offers more than one place to get a cheesesteak, and my husband and I chose poorly by eating from Philly Steak & Gyro Co. The bread was somewhat stale, and the cheesesteak was mediocre at best.

After eating our not fabulous cheesesteak, we decided to get a beer. I had read reviews about a place called Chickie's and Pete's. From what I've read, this chain restaurant is well known in Philadelphia. (Should I be saying "Philly'?) Many reviews had recommended the Crabfries, so we tried them along with beers on tap. The Crabfries are crinkle-cut fries with a seasoning that I'm pretty sure my mom used to season her baked chicken with - I think it tastes like Morton's Season-All seasoned salt. The Crabfries are served with a white cheese dipping sauce which was nothing special. The odd thing was that they brought us two very small containers of the cheese sauce and then they charged us $1.00 for "extra cheese sauce" - not only did we not order extra cheese sauce, but we barely ate the sauce they served us because we didn't think it was that good. So, if you eat at Chickie's and Pete's, be warned that they just might bring you extra of something you did not request, then charge you for it.

After four hours at PHL, we were happy to finally board our plane. We flew coach on American Airlines to Rome, Italy. The service was friendly, and the food was surprisingly good for airplane food. For dinner we had a choice of pasta with a creamy pesto sauce or a chicken dish that I believe was Chicken Marsala. We both ordered the pasta with creamy pesto sauce, and we both liked it.

We watched lots of movies during our flight to Rome, which is typical for long-haul flights. I have an extremely difficult time sleeping on airplanes, so I was awake for the entire flight. My husband slept a little, but not much.

We were served a breakfast that had a few items, all of which were sweet, and I didn't feel like eating anything sweet, so I skipped breakfast. My husband got motions sickness because our flight was very turbulent, so he didn't eat his breakfast either. That was the first time turbulence has bothered my husband. A girl behind us also got motion sickness.

Then we landed - we were finally in Rome!

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