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A Sojourn to Rome

Monday, Mrs. D. and I took a flight to Rome for a rare no-kids-allowed holiday. We'd both been to Rome before we met each other, but we wanted to see it again, together. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, the lovely piazzas and fountains and the narrow streets between houses and palaces that date back five centuries... I mean, they practically built this city for couples like me and Mrs. D., who met each other when we studied history :-)

We had the best three days in a very long time. Tuesday we took a long stroll through the city, just looking at what we found, and consulting our guidebook whenever the sights alone weren't enough. We stopped for juice, lunch and coffee, but otherwise it was all walking and taking in the city.
Your's truly in front of the central fountain on Piazza Navona.

Wednesday was taken up by a visit to the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel, which was an overwhelming experience (in a good way). Both the Chapel and the collections of Roman and renaissance art are filled with masterpieces, and we could easily have spent the entire week there. We also wanted to check out the nearby Basilica (St. Peter's), but it had been closed off earlier that day due to some kind of religious ceremony (seriously--don't they care about the tourists?!?) and the lines to get in were killers. Instead we saw Castel Saint'Angelo, and had an evening in a marvelous restaurant.

Thursday: The Dome of St. Peter's (551 steps climbed), the Basilica itself, a quick lunch and then a metro train for the Colosseum. That was a pretty solid afternoon, which we topped off with a visit to Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi Fountain.

We were about ready to go back to the hotel and hunt for a restaurant when I had a text from the airline stating that our flight home on Friday had been cancelled due to a general strike in the transportation sector. As in, trains, planes and ferries will not go anywhere... After a bit of panic (you all know that gif of Kermit shaking all over the place) we went back to the hotel, hooked up to wi-fi and decided to find a plane home right away. We missed the kids, and they were missing us, so finding a plane on Saturday really wasn't an option. So five hours after the Trevi Fountain, we were on a plane to Copenhagen... almost the last one out of Italy in 24 hours.

We got back home to Aarhus by night train and arrived tired and short one car, since the flight to Rome had been out of Hamburg, and our car was still parked there. I spent fourteen hours fetching it yesterday, which was a less-than-great ending to a fantastic mini holiday in Rome. We'll be back!

Piazza Navona
The market on Campo di Fiori.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 20th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an amazing trip...except for the flight home part.

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 21st, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh, sounds delightful! Glad you had fun
Oct. 23rd, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
*sigh* That's Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. It was covered in scaffolding when I went to Rome, so I couldn't see it very well. I was so disappointed.

Did you visit the Villa Borghese to see the Berninis there? Wonderful stuff. And so very much to see in Rome itself. I was there for 10 days and only scratched the surface.
Oct. 23rd, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
My Italy trip (Rome, Florence, Venice) is among my favorite trips I've ever taken. Your post very much made me want to go back. Glad you had a good time!
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