If you noticed I was absent from my duly appointed blog rounds last week, then you might have guessed we weren't home. You guessed right! We were away enjoying the fabulous city of Rome!
Even though the timing coincided with Valentine's Day, this wasn't a romantic trip. We took our teenage niece on her first trip to a foreign country. While we had both been to Rome before, there was so much more I wanted to see. Once we arrived, we hit a bit of bad luck - our niece got a stomach bug - so we didn't hit as many of the sites as I would have liked. Regardless of the hiccups, Rome was even more beautiful then I remembered it.
We picked an apartment hotel this time and loved the feeling of having our own little flat in the city. As an added bonus, I loved the style of the place.
I'd never think about orange and green looking good together but it really worked here. I loved the chevron floors and if I could have taken those chairs home with me, I would have!
Speaking of taking something home with me, I fell in love with this painting. Any chance anyone recognizes it? I'd love to buy a reproduction.
I searched high and low for something like it but came up empty handed.
Ok, enough about that...lets get to the sites!
One of my favorite things about Rome are the amazing sculptures that are everywhere. You can't walk a block without being astounded at the beauty of it all right in the middle of a very bustling, modern city.
Every little side street held a new view.
On Sunday morning, I headed out alone to check out the Port Portese flea market. I wasn't lucky enough to find much worth buying but it was an interesting walk with plenty to browse.
And of course no trip to Rome is complete without a mosey to Vatican City.
Even if you aren't particularily religious, its hard not to be wow'd by the sheer majesty of the Vatican and the history of its musuems.
And when I wasn't oogling some ancient ruin or spot where Michelangelo stood, I tried to soak in as much of Rome as I could. It's a very tourist friendly, multi-faceted place. I hope we get to return one day.
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