Thursday, March 1, 2012


To help pass the time during my mom's visit (haha) we decided to visit Roma!

David had a few (read eight) speaking engagements during the time my mom was here -- they were timed terribly but when work gets in the way of life... we get back at it by taking leave to Italy :)  So, David went to Venice for work for a few days and then met us in Rome for the rest of the week to explore.  While he was in Venice he was able to walk around the islands for a few hours and admire some of the rather invested costumes from carnevale (the classy mardi gras, so it seems).  Here are some of his pictures from his day there.

Us ladies flew to Rome and met David at the apartment we were renting for a few days.  The day we arrived my mom unfortunately did not feel well so she layed in bed for the whole first day while we walked about taking in the beauty of the ruins around town and seeing the colosseum (about 3 min from our apartment!).  After the girls were safely tucked in, David and I went on a date!  It was a fun few hours of just having a classy dinner in Italia and drinking delicious wine and catching up from his time away.

The first full day we had scheduled a tour of part of the Vatican.  It was very overwhelming and we were soaking in as much as we could in the 1.5 hours we had with a guide - what a beautiful place with more history and art than we could absorb!
Trying to focus and take it all in... while David manages both crazy girls :)
After our tour inside we moved onto Saint Peter's Basilica where we shortly walked through on our own and took our time in the courtyard in front of the church where the Pope addresses the people.  Again, so beautiful and so much unique art to appreciate.  
And, what's it's REALLY like traveling with two toddlers. It's not easy or always fun but you just have to make it happen if you want to see and do things :)  Isn't he da man?
Thankfully, as the day progressed, my mom was feeling more and more like herself and was able to really start to enjoy Rome too.  For dinner we went to a little hole in the wall restaurant down the road from our apartment and took our time eating and talking.  Norah gets a little crazy at restaurants so David was kind enough to head back a bit early so she could run around our apartment while my mom and I stayed and talked.
Near our apartment.
On the second day we started off with some scrumptious cappuccinos!  I had three or four in one day (probably not the best for the bod but it sure went down easy!).
After that great start to our day we headed off to explore the most well known colosseum.  It was really neat to see the inside of it and learn more about the details of the games and the building itself.  The small museum inside was well done and helped us understand a part of the sequence of history surrounding the building and the land it was on.
The half covered ground shows where the area's "floor" was and underneath it was a maze of rooms and halls and cages for animals.
Gelato was next on the list... one of three times David was able to enjoy it (only two for the rest of us)!  Gelato is really really good, if you haven't been able to try it, you should take the plunge.  And again, for dinner, we tried another small hole in the wall place near our apartment.  There is a lot of amazing pizza to be had and anywhere you go... they seem to really know their pizza (of course)!
The colosseum is just above Norah's head.
The best way to travel with kids... the Ergo. They are happy to be close and can't get away and we have our hands free to hold each other's too!

Our third day started off with some exploring of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum where many ruins lie untouched.  We were able to walk through some of the old parts of Palatine and "see" what the old city was somewhat like.  
Inside Palatine Hill area.
After the hill we walked towards the Pantheon to this wonderful open square where there was so much life!  Music, dancing, art and lots of tables outside!  It was a gorgeous day to enjoy another cappuccino at a cafe.
We stopped by the Pantheon, then had more pizza (outside!), more gelato and then all rested back at our place.
The Pantheon is behind us.
Italy is so lovey dovey :)
During the girls' naps my mom and I went out to the little boutiques and shopped around (had another cappuccino, of course) for some unique finds. We both ended up with a scarf and I even got a dress (super duper on sale!). So fun.  Once the girls were up we walked over to Trevi fountain where the crowds were big and the fountain was beautiful.
We weren't that hungry but we tried to get some food at two different restaurants and got kicked out of one and left the other because the servers was incredibly rude. It was sorta a flop of a night for food and we got a pizza (again) to go for the girls and me and my mom and David stayed at the second place and had a beer!  We flew back to Germany in the morning to cold weather and a bit of snow.
Rome was so wonderful - my favorite place we've been during our time here so far.  I would go back if we have time. 


Poober #1 said...

Oh man. Makes me want to go back. Both Venice and Rome are at the top of my list.

abby clark said...

you NEED to frame at least three of those photos (the one with both girls hanging off of david, you and david cheek to cheek with the girls on the backs, and the one with them holding hands while on the packs)they are too perfect!! love you-abs

stef said...

Fun! thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

What a fun trip!! That picture of the two of you holding hands and your girls on your backs holding hands too is just beyond precious! love reading your updates :)

Carey said...

holding hands = precious!

Mattie said...

Wow, it looks like you had an amazing trip!


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