Five years later (and five years ago), I traveled back to Italy with my parents and two brothers. --Another dream come true! It was amazing to see my dad light up as he explored the country where his family is from.
Five days ago... I was in Rome again! I really love this city. It is incredible... like an outdoor museum. Just walking around aimlessly is like extreme sightseeing.
For each visit, I have stayed at the lovely (and well located!) hotel, Hotel Nerva. I remember the first night I arrived as a college student, we took a walk from the hotel to dinner and passed by this -->
Walking by this gorgeous wall just a few nights ago, memories came flooding back to me. I had forgotten that small piece of my first trip... my first night! We had gone to dinner in a tiny, crowded restaurant and I learned that I did NOT like water con gas (with carbonation). It was weird to me. ...Now I love acqua frizzante!
I'm fairly used to traveling solo now. I enjoy traveling with family and friends - but it's nice to know that I am comfortable enjoying my time on my own as well. Even though I was alone in Rome for the weekend (after a two-day workshop at the end of the work week), I found 'family' throughout the city! : )
Ambrogio! ...my Nonny's side of the family
Roxanne! (my parents' dog)
Poppies at the ancient Roman Forum - for Poppy!!