I apologize that I haven't been able to post everyday. I brought my nicer camera on this trip, so it has been taking a very long time to post the pictures. The internet hasn't always been the greatest. :(
We arrived in Roma (Rome) yesterday. Our flight was about two hours from Madrid to Rome, Italy. The flight was nice because we were all so tired from the day before. Brynn slept almost the whole flight, which was perfect. She was ready to go once we arrived.
Our hotel is in a pretty swanky part of Rome, which has been perfect because we felt safe during our stay. Before going on our trip we read about and were warned about pick-pockets and gypsies. We didn't have to experience the pick-pockets, but there were gypsies at all of the tourist areas today. They were even right next to the Vatican Museum. Some of them are a bit aggressive, which was tricky.
Yesterday we relaxed for bit, did some shopping, ate gelato, and walked to a Castle. The castle was impressive because it is very old, round and in the middle of Rome. Brynn is convinced that Cinderella lives there. Every time the clocks ring at the hour she tells Cinderella to hurry home fast.
Today we WALKED and WALKED and WALKED some more. We started our day at the Colloseo (The Colosseum). I was most excited about that! We had a tour guide that gave us one earpiece and a little radio, so we could hear him talk as we walked today. Brynn had her own set, too. The Colosseum was amazing, just like I thought it would be. It is so big! I can't even describe it.
After our tour there, we headed toward the Pantheon. On our way there we stopped by several ruins that once belonged to Julius Cesare (Caesar). He built them in a place where he could see the Colloseo. We also saw the Monument of the Vittorio Emanuele II. It is enormous. He was the first official King of a joined Italy. Pretty fancy tribute. We also walked by several monuments, buildings, ruins, churches, and the current Senate. The Senate had lots of protesters and they were all chanting something in Italian.
After the Senate we made it to the Pantheon. It had amazing ceilings and paintings. Did you know there is a giant hole at the top of the Pantheon? So when it rains, the inside of the Pantheon gets wet. Romans used to believe, as a myth, that it never rained inside.
We then made our way to the Spanish Square. There, we were able to see the Spanish Steps. They were very crowded, like the rest of Rome. One of our final stops in the morning was the Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately for us, it is currently having some work done so we didn't get to see it filled with water. Major bummer but we were still able to see how massive it is.
Our afternoon was spent in another country, Vatican City. That's right another country. It was very hot today so our afternoon tour was a bit uncomfortable due to the hot sun and no clouds. While in Vatican City, we walked through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, and of course the Sistine Chapel. All of the things we saw in Vatican City were very old and beautiful. The only place I couldn't take a picture was while viewing the Sistine Chapel. We weren't allowed to talk in there either. There were so many people that if everyone whispered it was loud! The police would come on a loudspeaker and say, "Silencio". I was able to see where the Pope stands when he speaks and some old apartments of former Popes. It was a once in a lifetime day seeing all of the sights of Rome. I have always wanted to see them.
Overall this has been a wonderful vacation. Brynn has eaten A LOT of gelato in two days, but so have I. I will miss that. There are gelato places everywhere! My favorite was a coffee flavor. Imagine that?!?
We fly out of Roma tomorrow morning around 11:30 am. This is VERY early in Indiana time. The flight will take 10 to 10.5 hours. We fly direct with no stops which is nice. I am hoping for some good movies like our flight to Madrid. Brynn loved her choices for kids. She never even used my iPad on the way here!
I can't wait to see everyone on Monday! I am guessing I will still be a bit confused about times, but I will have a weekend to rest and figure it out. See you all soon!
|Our first meal in Rome, pizza and pasta of course!|
|Everyone was so good with Brynn! John is trying to occupy her while we wait for our food.|
|A view of the Vatican from my parent's hotel room! We were only a few blocks away!|
|There were SO many places to eat Gelato! This was our first one, and easily my favorite.|
|The Supreme Court. It is so big, I couldn't fit it all in my camera!|
|This statue is on the top of the Supreme Court Building.|
|Another Gelato place. They had fancy toppings in their choices.|
|Brynn always wanted "pink" for her flavor.|
|A view of the Vatican at night from my parent's room.|
|My dad and Luis, ready for our BIG day of touring Rome.|
|Brynn is ready with her own headset.|
|Inside the Colosseo|
|Brynn coloring in a coloring book inside the Colosseo. She is touching walls that are 1,945 years old!!!|
|Can't believe we were able to see and touch this part of history!|
|The "basement" of the Colosseo. You can see the cells and cage areas for the gladiators and animals.|
|Our selfie inside. :)|
|The monument for the first king. It is called the "Birthday Cake"|
|Outside the Pantheon|
|Inside the Pantheon.|
|Brynn's gelato. She was able to get two!!! Lucky!|
|We parked Brynn among the scooters. So many of them everywhere!|
|The Spanish Steps|
|Inside Vatican City.|
|One of many hallways inside the Vatican museum.|
|One of MANY, MANY painted ceilings inside the museum.|
|The sculptures are HUGE!!!|
|Beautiful tapestries in this room. It was one of few rooms that are air conditioned to preserve the art.|
|Just me and a few thousand tourists!|
|Outside St. Peter's Basilica.|
|Inside St. Peter's Basilica with Luis and Laura.|
|St. Peter's Basilica from the outside. It is beautiful|
|Fountain outside of St. Peter's Basilica.|
|Another view from inside Vatican City.|
|Brynn couldn't get enough gelato. This was her third for the day!|
|Our final walk on the streets of Rome, heading back to our hotel for the evening. Arrivederci!|