So, back to the places we went while Shawn’s parents were here.
After we got back from Cologne, we hung out in Luxembourg for a few days and then packed our bags again and headed off to The Eternal City.
Barbie came with us, too. She even wore her fluffy blue skirt.
Once we collected our luggage, we took a taxi to our hotel, got settled in and then went out in search of lunch.
Doesn’t Hannah look absolutely thrilled to be in Rome? By this point, we were all starving.
This cheered her right up. So good.
Ya know, it always amazes me when I see women walking around big cities in this manner of footwear. I made a similar mistake once in Vegas. In my defense, I was in my early 20’s but, oh, did I learn my lesson. NEVER AGAIN. It was also hot as blazes in Rome that day and I just cannot imagine being sweltering and walking around in high heels. No thank you.
Anyway, shoes and temperatures aside, here are some of the things we did and saw.
This was my second time in Rome and I was shocked to learn that it only took the Romans eight years to build this thing. That’s right. EIGHT YEARS. They were some mighty efficient folks, those Romans.
Clearly my kids were interested in everything but my camera.
Shawn explained to Hannah how there were trap doors in the floor that the gladiators used.
The inside of The Coliseum is full of holes like this because during troubled times the Romans dug out the metal pins to make tools. Desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess.
The Arch of Constantine.
Way back in ye olden days, there was a fountain in front of the arch, but Constantine had it removed because apparently it got in the way of his grand entrance through the center of the arch.
What a creep.
Shawn took the kids back to the hotel to play for a while, have lunch and take a rest while his parents and I pressed on and toured The Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Circus Maximus.
I’d been telling Hannah all about the Trevi Fountain and showing her pictures of it online. We made specific plans to toss in a coin over our shoulders, which is just what you do at the Trevi Fountain. Well, when we arrived, this is what we found.
The entire thing was under renovation.
All was not lost, because we found the best gelato place just across the street. I think we ate gelato twice a day while we were in Rome.
We got a family photo on Via dei Fori Imperiali, the street that leads from The Coliseum to the Piazza Venezia. Way back, this area was full of ancient ruins, but in the 1920’s and 30’s Mussolini swept through and had a road built, demolishing ancient and Renaissance structures. What a creep.
We walked past the ruins of Torre Argentina where Hannah found her favorite thing: cats.
And Finn found his favorite thing near the Pantheon: water.
It took us a few shots to get everyone to look at the camera.
Besides Finn doing a backbend trying to get into the fountain, my favorite part of this picture is the chick in the white dress having a leisurely conversation on her mobile.
This is the best we could do.
Later on, we found ourselves at The Vatican. Okay, that’s not necessarily true because one doesn’t just find themselves at The Vatican and The Sistine Chapel. The truth is that we walked for ages, knowing that we really only had time to quickly make our way through the different museums to The Sistine Chapel to see the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo.
I had shown Hannah pictures of what we were about to see and told her about the time that Shawn and I went to The Sistine Chapel before she was born and how I had broken the rules and taken a picture.
How cheeky of me.
“Mom? Are we almost to the Sixteenth Chapel?” she asked.
Let it be known that this may possibly be one of my favorite things she has ever said.
Of course, there are no pictures (Or talking. Or breathing, for that matter) inside the Sixteenth Chapel, so here we are at the entrance to the Vatican Museum.
Our final stop was St. Peter’s Basilica and by this time the wind was blowing and it was starting to rain. Let it also be known that this is my least favorite weather condition for flying because TURBULANCE.
Anyway, we had just time for a few quick pictures outside because the line to get inside was quite long and we had a flight to catch.
This is what most pictures of both kids look like these days. We get them both settled and then Finn takes off running. I can’t wait to show this picture to them when they’re grown.
And that’s pretty much it for Rome. There’s so much more to see and do, but with two kids in tow, we’re lucky we saw all that we did. We caught our flight home, unpacked, did a few loads of laundry, packed our bags again and headed off to our third adventure with Shawn’s parents.
To Be Continued…