Europe :: Rome ~ day 1

After 23hrs of travel, 16 hours of flying and 7 hours of layovers, I arrived in Rome, Italy. I’ve never traveled internationally so the trip seemed a little daunting, I also had to find my cousin in Rome. But to my surprise, everything was smooth! Those of you who know my flight history, I am happy to report, I had no delays, missed connections, or any other obscure problems, but safely arrived in Rome on time, as planned. I had a moment of fright when most of those who were on my flight had collected their baggage and I was still waiting, but just when I was starting to worry, my suitcase came around the corner. I came through to arrivals and Katie was waiting for me! Hurray, I made it.

We took a bus back to our b&b, Maison du Julie, which took about an hour, we settled in quick, then went out for dinner. Italian pasta & wine was the perfect ending to a long travel day, and as we sat, it was surreal that here we are in Italy!

This morning, we were up early, so started our day. We decided to find a cafe for breakfast, I had my first caffe latte and it was tasty. After breakfast it was time to start roaming the city. First we saw the colosseum, it’s incredible! The architecture around here is amazing. We then went to Plazzo Venezia there is a tomb of the unknown there, but we didn’t see the changing of the guards, and at churches here you can’t sit on the steps (Katie tried yesterday and they whistle at you to get up). We wandered around some more until we came to the Trevi Fountain. After that we found somewhere for lunch and came home for a little rest.

Post rest, we checked out the Santa Maggiore Cathedral. The intricate design is absolutely amazing inside, there are carvings and details everywhere. It’s quite neat to look at, floor to ceiling art! When we came out it was starting to rain, so we decided gelato was in order. It was delicious! Then we headed back our room for a siesta!

For dinner we found an Italian restaurant, it was quite unique, it had the most random and eclectic selection of decoration. Including, but not limited to, Christmas lights, lot up deer heads, a pig hanging from the garland, photographs, toys, Disney, wine bottles, and giant vats of oil. We laughed when our dinner arrived, Katie’s pizza took up half the table! After dinner it seemed right to try another gelato place so get a true sense of it, again, it was so tasty.

Tomorrow, we are going to the Vatican City, so now, we rest!

Ciao!

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