Sunday, July 17, 2016

Roma!

Last time I visited Rome I was just so overwhelmed.  I felt like it was just too much.  So I wasn't that excited to return to Rome and I was kinda nervous about the group of 6 of us heading off on another adventure.  My sister Sara joined our group.  Now before we go a step further I think I need to explain.... this trip to Rome was much different from my last trip.  Last trip I had my dslr camera... I was in a tour group... the only thing I had to worry about was taking good pictures and eating good food.  This time around I had 19 pounds of baby and carrier on my front and 10 pounds of formula, diapers, bottles, blankets, clothes, and baby toys on my back.

Not only did I not even bring my dslr, I didn't even take a single picture with my phone.  So every picture seen here I stole from my family or I took on one of their camers/phones.  It's kinda depressing... how I didn't take a single picture of the delicious "pizzaish" food we had for breakfast.  (it was AMAZING. It was very very thin crispy crust pizza.  One with very thinly sliced potatoes and rosemary... almost potato chipish and the other had a red sauce cheese and delicious mushrooms) or I didn't even get a picture with my favorite piece of artwork ever, La Pieta.  But really.... the goal of the day in Roma was all about survival and just trying to enjoy it.  Which we did.  We survived and enjoyed the 16 hour day of carrying baby and walking over 10 miles.......... anyway, on with the show.

 I feel like I should just say it right now, Rome was stinkin' awesome!  Way better than I expected!  Like I would love to go visit it again awesome!  Not necessarily do any of the touristy sites but just hang out in the city.  It was way cleaner, greener, and prettier than Florence.  (at least the little bit of Rome we saw)  I was also very surprised about how awesome the Metro was!  It was very easy to use.  So were the buses!  Anyway, my point is, I was kinda intimidated of Rome.  I thought it was going to be a disaster, but it was pretty darn wonderful!

Of course we had a game plan.  It started with a 4:45 am wake up call to walk the .7 miles to the train in Florence.  Then we rode the train over to Rome.  The scenery on the train was unbelievably beautiful!  The vegetation was so pretty, farms, villas, fields of sunflowers, rivers... it was a total dream.  (Sorry no pics)

When we got to Rome we first got a metro/bus pass for 7 euro for the day.  We took the metro straight to Trevi Fountain. I could not believe how uncrowded it was at the fountain!  I mean sure, it was like 8:30 in the morning but still!!!!





And then we walked passed the Spanish Steps(Under construction)  on our way to the entrance of Roma!


Then on the the Pantheon


I love the simplicity and complexity of the Pantheon's dome ceiling the best.........  and let's talk about these soldiers for a sec.  It's kinda hard to take them serious with a feather in their cap..... even if they are holding ak47s.


On to the Vatican!
My favorite picture to take in the Sistine Chapel if for no other reason than the security guards are constantly yelling out, "Shhhhhhh NO pictures!   Be quiet!  No pictures."
 Funny story......... last time I was in the Vatican I lost it  I was being herded like cattle in my tour group being told about every. single. statue.  (if you haven't been to the Vatican there is so much stinkin' artwork every where)  Anyway, I lost it.  I took off with just Erin because I couldn't take it anymore.  Long story short, we got lost, completely lost our tour group....... and I totally missed seeing The School of Athens by Raphel.  Wasn't going to let that happen again...

 But still there were lots of lines................

 But we did finally make it to my favorite piece of art.

 and of course, I needed my picture with my favorite court jester guards.

After a delicious lunch of zucchini and tomato pizza we took a bus over to the Roman Forum and Colosseum.  OH but first... of course some gelato!




The Roman Forum



 And the main event...........






Roma!!! was wonderful.... but man oh man oh man we can't wait for Daddy to get here!







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