Rome is GORGEOUS, but I will not lie - it wasn't what I would call a "relaxing vacation"... we walked MILES every day, and climbed a million stairs, and there are no public restrooms - all of which was rough on my 20 week pregnant body. Said body is now staging an exhausted revolt against me, making me pay for all the fun that we had. LOL
Aside from that, we had a blast. It is amazing there - seriously, the people of Rome live so differently than we do. It is unbelievably crowded, and they walk everywhere - and smack in the middle of their neighborhoods are all of these amazing sights, all of which are hundreds of years old. Amazing.
It was hard to be away from Hootie, but she didn't even miss us. She was having too much fun with Gramma, Grampa, and Uncle to miss her parents. This is a funny thing - as a mom, you don't want your girl to be sad that you are gone, but you are a secretly a teensy tiny little bit hurt that she didn't ask about you even just ONCE... LOL But seriously, I am glad that she was fine, and I am glad beyond words to have her back with me. :)
There is no way that words could ever describe the things we saw, and pictures don't do it justice - but that didn't stop us from taking a million of them. So without further ado, her is a sampling of them.
The Trevi Fountain - you know this one if you have seen Three Coins in the Fountain or (more recently, and embarrassingly) When In Rome. Throw in three coins to ensure your return to Roma. I threw some in for Carly too. :)
My first day of hoofing it all over Rome - I had no idea what i was in for.... LOL
Michelangelo's "Moses" inside of the Basilica of Saint Peter's Chains:
Saint Peter was bound in these chains the first time he went to jail. People say that they can make miracles and the open them once a year for people to touch. Very interesting.
Fresco at the Basilica of Saint Peter's Chains
Garrett wants to be a Gladiator.
At the Colosseum:
Beautiful window displays everywhere - and gorgeous produce!
So much delicious pizza....
See my shirt? While it is true, pizza and gelato help make the belly go round, too.... LOL
We decided that if you aren't effected by the Sistine Chapel, you are broken. It is breath-taking. A true masterpiece. P.S. You aren't allowed to take pictures in here during regular hours. This way they can sell more postcards. But we were once again allowed to do something special. How lucky are we?
Dinner is served:
Rub this guy's nose for good luck!:)