Italy, Part 1

After three nights in Northern Ireland and three nights in Paris, we headed South… to Rome.  It was my first time seeing Rome, and such a fun trip.  Our friends have been living there for the past few months (check out Alison’s blog, where she is documenting her adventures…)  and already know the city back and forth.  Like Paris, Rome was characterized by lots of eating, and lots of long walks.  But this time around, we got in a lot of sightseeing as I’d never been before.  We stayed at the Grand Hotel Minerva, which I would recommend – the rooms are very nice and the location is fantastic.

Here are some photos from our first day.  A delicious lunch (carbonara and risotto,) and sightseeing.  We first visited the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.  Yes, I made a wish… but if I told you what it was, it wouldn’t count!  I was struck by the beautiful architecture (especially of the Pantheon… truly incredible,) cobblestone streets, and the 1,000,000 gelato shops that we seemed to pass by.

 More, after the break.

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