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Ciao Bellaci

Hello from Rome, Italy.

It is just after midnight here and I have barely slept since I left NYC about 22 hours ago.

I am staying at a boutique hotel right by the Fountain of Tivoli, which is nowhere as cool as the fountain of Trevi which I did walk to today and it was actually quite fantastic. Although I have to say that the Bascilica Santa Maria Ad Martyres at the Pantheon was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen in my life.

Not sure what I am doing tomorrow. Walking to the Colosseum I think, maybe just more wandering around aimlessly. I am not going to the Vatican until Tuesday, not sure why, I just chose that day to go to the Vatican. Maybe tomorrow I will go up to Borghese Museum.

I had dinner in a place that was actually named Ciao Bella and it actually could have been one of many Italian restaurants in NYC. Which was strange because I was expecting to find that NYC Italian restaurants were lame, but it turns out that they might be authentic. I mean I was eating dinner and Volare even came on the music they were listening to. The food was great though.

Anyway, I should sleep now....so arrivederci!


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Sep. 2nd, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
tu sei uno pazzo ragaazo!
Oct. 30th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Hi there. His majesty substitute recommended that I talk to you. I'm moving to the Newport area to be closer to work and have been looking at the Coronado. Location- and price-wise it's quite ideal, but the online reviews are scaring me. I'd appreciate any info you could give or even just a thumbs up or down recommendation.

Oct. 30th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
hey there -

well it has been 3 years since I lived there, but I never had a problem when I was there. Not sure what the reviews say, is there anything specific you are concerned about?

I liked the location and lived there for 2 years and have a friend who still lives there and I think he likes it still.
Oct. 30th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
Some things that came up in the reviews were neglect of groundskeeping and maintenance issues, rowdy neighbors, cars getting broken into. Those were the main issues that concerned me. Also read stuff like "They haven't reopened the gym yet!" which I don't care so much about.
Oct. 31st, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
well when I was there the grounds were good and maintenance issues were never an issue. I remember a couple times calling to have something done in my apartment and it was done timely.

As for neighbors, well it IS newport beach and full of Bro Guys, but you are going to get that anywhere around there.

I never had a problem with my car getting broke into, but then I had a Miata and never locked the doors and never had anything to take in it.
Oct. 31st, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
This is very reassuring to hear. I'm finding similar horror stories about every complex I look at and it's hard to tell what to take into account and what to chalk up to internet selection-bias.
Oct. 31st, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
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