Hello! Yay, it’s Friday!!
So this post is super late but I think I have a good excuse :) We had two weddings in two weeks and we were IN the first wedding because it was one of my best friend’s getting married and they asked my hubs and I to be in it (which was really fun), and the second one was in Washington, so with all the packing and un-packing… it gets a little hectic :) Better late than never, right? :)
So to start, I just want to say that all of this was our personal experience and everything that I say doesn't necessarily apply to everyone that visits Rome. (nice start, huh?)
We arrived in Rome late at night and were so happy to finally get to our hotel, just to find out that there was a pipe that burst in our room so they were sending us to a different hotel… Which at first we weren't too thrilled about but they told us that it was a new hotel and was very nice, so I guess we didn't mind too much in the end. :) And it did indeed end up being a nice hotel! Super techy. Instead of light switches there were buttons with which you control the lights. :)
We basically only had two full days in Rome, which isn’t enough time to experience the great city, so we tried to make the best use of our time.
The first day we woke up and remembered that we had tickets for a tour of The Vatican that day. We had breakfast, got ready and finally were on our way to the Vatican when… my shoe ripped :( (that’s what happens when you walk so much!) We were too far from the hotel to go back so we started running around trying to find me some shoes really quick because we were already late. When we finally found me some shoes, we started figuring how we’re going to get around the city. And guess what we decide.? A TOUR BUS! Okay, let’s talk about this for a little bit. We got the tickets and are waiting for the bus… waiting, waiting... There are a bunch of other tourists standing with us, with their cameras and water bottles. As we wait, there are people walking up to us every minute and offering to sell us either a selfie stick, or some water, or a key chain… At first it was okay, we were nice and polite but when you are saying “no thank you” for the 100th time… yeah…we still tried to be nice and polite :) So please, whenever you go to a touristy place, do not take a tour bus!
By the time we found the shoes and got on the bus and got to the Vatican, we were about an hour late for our tour. Unfortunately, they couldn't give us another tour guide so we had to walk around by ourselves. Which wasn't too bad, BUT walking around with a river of people, that’s not so fun :/ Let me tell you, there were SO MANY people everywhere! (You will be able to see in some of the pictures). You could barely move without hitting someone and all you can do is just walk along with everyone else, because if you stop people will run into you. The museums were incredible but we could barely admire anything. Except the ceiling. So basically we just walked and walked through those museums, hoping they would end soon (you can only go one way, so we couldn't go back).
We finally somehow made it to St. Peter Basilica, which I was really looking forward to, and it was just incredibly breathtaking! I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s HUGE and just so, so beautiful (we weren't allowed to take pictures inside)!!
After the Vatican we went out to try out some Italian pizza! It was yummy but very different from what were used to. :) It’s really simple and barely has any meat on it. Mostly just cheese and veggies. Somehow I managed to not take a picture of it. :( After that we were pretty much done for the day because all that walking, waiting in lines and saying “no thanks” to sales people is kind of tiring.
The next morning, we went to the Colosseum. There was more waiting in lines but it was better than the first day. Being in the Colosseum is just such a cool thing to experience. There is SO MUCH history there! Construction for the Colosseum began in 72AD!!! As we all know though, Rome in general is just full of history. It’s almost overwhelming to think about that fact that some of those buildings have been there for thousands of years. How is that even possible!?! To think that Apostle Paul might of walked on some of the ground that we did, is pretty crazy.
After the Colosseum, we went to the Palatino which was where several Rome's emperors once lived. As you walk around, you can tell how incredibly fancy everything was! And imagine the quality of the masonry work that some of it is still standing today!
After that we went out for a nice birthday dinner for me :) And guess what I ate for my birthday dinner?? A hamburger!! Lol. And now, my husband does not fail to tell that to everyone who asks us about our trip to Europe. I do have an explanation though… We came to the restaurant and I was super hungry. As I was looking at the menu, I wanted to make sure that I got something that I knew would fill me up. For some reason the waiter came very quickly and I felt like I needed to make a quick decision so I said, “I’ll have the hamburger”, his reply was “a hamburger!?”. And then it was my husband’s turn to order and when he said that he wants the lasagna, the waiter said, “Excellent choice my friiieeeend!”. Yeah… Let's just say I regretted that decision, Italians don't know how to make hamburgers (not to be mean). There lasagna on the other hand, is delicious! (Yes, I might of ate "some" of my hubby's lasagna). And again, I unfortunately did not take any pictures of our food :(
After dinner we went shopping for my birthday present! :))) Oh my goodness, they have the biggest shopping plaza I have ever seen! It just seemed like there was no end to it! But it’s Italy, so I guess it’s to be expected. After a lot of walking around and just admiring everything, I finally found a dress and shoes that I loved and my awesome hubs got for me. :)
Starting off year number 26 in Europe was pretty awesome! I feel so incredibly blessed and undeserving of all God’s blessings in my life. No matter what, He is always there for me, leading, providing, keeping me safe and answering prayers. I thank God that I was born and raised in a Christian home, that I got to grow up in America where we have freedom and are never in need, I got an education and a good, stable job. And last but not least, God wrote a beautiful love story for me that I am still in awe of. All glory to Him!
Rome is an amazing city, a perfect mixture of new and old. It was super cool to experience it but we would of definitely not have taken the "super-touristy" route if we could do it again. And I would of taken much more pictures...
The next day it was time to leave for country number 3 – Spain!