Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rome, Italy - Part 2

On our second day in Rome, we visited the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the ruins.  We had lunch at Cafe Romano by the Spanish Steps, walked around the city a bit, then came back to hotel to regroup.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Back to the Motherland - Rome, Italy, Part 1

So, I admit it, I've been on a bit of a hiatus with the blogging...but I promise there is a lot to share!  Starting with... our recent trip to Italy.

My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary and we wanted to do something special for the milestone.  When his cousins mentioned a trip to Rome and Positano, we thought, "Why not?"!   I went to Italy about 10 years ago and was lucky enough to visit Rome as part of that trip.  However, it was before I went to school for Interior Design so, although I was definitely excited to see the historic sites then, I knew I'd appreciate it even more this time around.  My girlfriend at work likes to refer to this as the "old lady version" of my trip back to Italy. ha!

After the, oh so glamorous 10 hour flight....yes, 10 hours. Eight actually flying, two sitting on the tarmac...with no sleep... we landed in Roma. Of course, we were jet lagged but the adrenaline and excitement of finally being there took over and we were ready to go after we freshened up at the hotel!

The Spanish Steps were by our hotel, so that was the first thing we checked out.

We then went to grab a pizza for lunch, here are some of the streets we passed on the way.
From there we visited the Trevi Fountain. It was, of course, packed with tourists, but we managed to get to the bottom so we could make our wishes without hitting anyone with change!
Then off to the Pantheon we went! On our way, I saw so many beautiful architectural details.  
The Pantheon is one of my favorite buildings.  The "eye" is just so incredible and there are so many beautiful features about it.  It's such a great part of architectural development and history.   I felt really lucky to be able to be there twice in my lifetime.
In the piazza, there was singing, dancing, and...gelato.  Ooh, Gelato. The first one we had was outside of the pantheon.  This would be the start of a true addiction that the four of us will have a problem breaking!

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