I’m back in Colorado…a little worse for the wear but relatively functioning. I still can’t seem to shake this mental fog yet.
Even though my full intention was to write my last Europe post in Rome, we had some issues that prevented me from getting to the computer at the end of the day. Namely, afternoon thunderstorms that interfered with our sightseeing plans and pushed everything back. It also waylayed our plans to see the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.
Nonetheless, Rome was a fantastic ending to our Italy-Switzerland travels. Yes, the tourist crowds were out in full force, twice as many as Florence. But with so much rich history, I didn’t mind.
I do have to admit that we had a long, overnight layover in Madrid, and we did see that city thanks to RAS’s friends who live there. But I was too tired to take pictures. Literally – I fell asleep in their car after dinner at 10 PM (!) and way too much sangria and didn’t snap the shutter once.
There are several things I’ve learned on this trip that I can hopefully carry over to the next major vacation:
- Pack light, because you may have to haul your luggage up five flights of stairs to your B&B because the lift hasn’t been working in at least six months.
- Always confirm your arrival at a B&B
- Don’t take consistent wi-fi internet service or English-language television as a given
- I’ll never be able to eat cold cuts for breakfast.
- I’ll always need to have cold milk on my cereal.
- I can get sick of eating a lot of pasta, pizza and ice cream, making me come dangerously close to run to the nearest McDonald’s and devour a Quarter Pounder with cheese.
- Our overstimulated American tastebuds can’t appreciate the subtle flavors of real Tuscan cuisine (but that’s something to work on).
- I definitely need to take more pictures of food!
So for your viewing pleasure, here are my last photos from our awesome vacation:
Inside the Colosseum
The Trevi Fountain. Believe it or not, we didn’t have a coin to toss in. Oh well…as lovely as Rome was, we are eager to visit other places in the world. If we return, it’s meant to be.
The Roman Forum
St. Peter (center), other saints and the Basilica named after him, Vatican City.
A rain-soaked view from the Spanish Steps
Grazie mille, everyone, for coming along on our travels!