I'm writing this blog from Rome!!!!! What a trip this has been so far. I left the States on Monday afternoon arriving in Rome Tuesday early evening. The trip began with the fire alarm going off in the airport (that's always a comforting sign) to a 7 hour layover in Stockholm, Sweden - to a 3 hour delay at the Rome Airport because of lost luggage (which has yet to be found).
However, this trip - we have determined - is going to be a GREAT ONE!!!!! My friend whose luggage is lost is handling it like the pro that she is! A planner by profession, she has been on the phone with airports, banks, customer service personnel, etc. Me, along with my girl Rachael, we have faith and a praying mommas!! So with all of these forces combined, the luggage has to show up - but as they say in theatre - THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!!
Because of her immaculate planning, everything big was already pre-paid for (ie: all hotels and tours) and THANK GOD for that! We had a three hour tour of the Colosseum, Roma Forum, & Palentine Hill. DOWNRIGHT AMAZING! To be immersed and surrounded in history that is thousands of years old is such an overwhelming feeling. And if you are anything like the nerd that I am - you can understand my joy by gaining so much knowledge. Our tour guide was great and informative.
TRAVEL TIP: When you travel and are looking for tours, check out www.viator.com
We booked all tours through this third party and have not been disappointed at all by this decision!!!! Definitely read reviews and do your research. I also advise booking tour in advance because if you are traveling during a heavy tourist season like we are now, the lines for major sights can get up to 4 hours long - not a great use of your time!! With our tour we were able to skip lines and walk right in. Plus it helps to have someone share with you the stories and history of the sights, rather than reading signs.
I won't keep you long - I have full day ahead of me. It's 11:30am here and I just had an amazing breakfast - Milanese Salami w/ fresh Parmeggiano, pineapples, grapes, sliced peaches, scrambled eggs and baked potatoes. Of course this was accompanied by mint tea and fresh orange juice. I think I'm ready to take a nap!!!!
We are going to do some shopping and take a tour of Vatican City today - I think the Pope & I have a lot to discuss about his beautiful city - lol!
I will be writing as much as I can throughout the trip, with helpful travel tips and such. See pictures below of my hotel at night and my girls & I at the Colosseum!