Tuesday, June 11, 2013

When in Rome

For starters, catching up on blogs is hard work. It sounds lame, but I feel so behind on all my bloggy friends' lives after living without text messages and Internet for so long!

Well I figured I should start with my trip from the beginning and break it into little pieces for y'all to enjoy. I hope it's not too boring, but I'll be sure to give y'all some breaks! There are going to be LOTS of pictures. It's so hard to choose and y'all know that yesterday I told you just how many I took :)

On Memorial Day, I woke up, went for a run, cleaned up, ate breakfast and then we were on our way to the airport! {Thanks again Daddy for driving us to and from so we didn't have to leave our car and spend money on parking! You're the best!} Luckily, the hubs and I had passes to the United Club from holding a United credit card because for whatever reason, security was a breeze! Not an issue at all so we had plenty of time. Plenty of time at the airport called for plenty of morning beverages...free booze! A few screwdrivers and snacks later it was time for our adventure to begin. We started at IAH had a 2 hour pit stop in Montreal then we were off to Roma! The views from the plane before we landed were just stunning :) I love Europe.




We landed around 10am, shuttled to the hotel, were checked into our room and ready to go by 12:30. We were serious about getting as much done as possible. To really get the full experience of the city, we decided to travel by subway! Luckily, Rome's subways system is super easy...way easier than Barcelona which you will hear ALLLL about later. First stop, Piazza de Popoli and lunch! I was starving and obviously needed a pizza and wine.


So delicious. I was starving so anything would have been good, but this was stellar. And just look at those adorable checkered table cloths! Swoon.

Piazza del Popolo





Then we jumped back on the subway and went to the Spanish Steps...


SO crowded!

Boat fountain in front of the steps

I had to get a picture of me climbing the steps seeing as though I love stairs so much!

Cathedral at the top

View from above

...the Trevi Fountain...






It was extremely crowded, so no coin tossing for us. Luckily, I've already found my true love. See picture below :)



...the Pantheon...






Fun Facts: The Pantheon is the first known dome ever created and was originally a Pagan temple and actually means "temple consecrated to all gods" in Greek. It's the best preserved of all Roman buildings and was originally erected in 27 BC, but reconstructed in 126 AD. In 609 AD, it was converted to a Catholic Church to keep it from being destroyed. Thank goodness because it is so beautiful!








...and of course gelato! {I went to the place you told us about Ashley!!! Twice :)}


Boo for blurry pictures.

They had over 150 flavors...no big deal

And to round out our busy day, we got to the Colosseum around 4:00pm just in time to find an English speaking tour group about to take off for a tour of the Colosseum and the Ruins...score! We seriously learned so much. Did y'all know that Gladiators were thought of a less than slaves on the social ladder? Just above animals. Ouch.








The floor of the Colosseum is no longer there and what you see are the walls of the offices and storage rooms that were beneath the floor!




A look at some of the ruins from the top of the Colosseum



After the Colosseum tour, we toured the Ancient Ruins! I loved our tour guide because he made everything so interesting! The Ruins are the least toured landmarks in Rome, but they are the oldest with the most history! I suppose it's hard to admire ruins when you don't have a guide telling you the history behind it.
 



This was actually the basement of the palace. The palace itself was about 80 meters tall which was significantly larger than the Colosseum!




Colosseum from the Ruins



Cathedral by the Forum



The Forum is a plaza near the ruins that was once the center of Rome surrounded by all the old government buildings. Just look at how huge this thing is compared to those tiny people!!! Most of the oldest structures created are near the Forum including the ruins in my pictures above.

I love history, so I was soaking up everything the tour guides told me. Did you know that Roman men used to clean themselves in olive oil then bathe in sand? They would then scrape away the sand with a metal tool which acted as a razor. This is probably why all of the ancient statues don't have hairy chests :)

Okay enough super awesome fun facts from me today! I think I did good at restraining myself from posting too many pictures. I may need a post of completely random {and awesome} pics that the hubs and I took along the way!

Have you ever been to Rome? What's your favorite attraction?
Do y'all love history as much as me...or am I just a huge nerd? :)


Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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