Ah, Rome. Words can’t even begin to touch the experience that was this trip. There was so much history and beauty around every corner, I honestly felt a bit overwhelmed at how much there was to see and the thought of how many generations of people had walked these very streets in different eras. My favorite part of the whole trip was seeing Vatican City in Rome. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica absolutely blew my mind. While I’m thrilled to have these photos, they don’t even do the city justice. There came a point in every location where I had to just put my camera down and take it all in.
And then there was the food. I took pictures of every bit of food I ate with my cell phone and holy smokes. It was so good. I’m not going to lie though, I was ready for some fried eggs and hash browns for breakfast by the end of the trip (apparently Americans is the only country that eats eggs for breakfast! I had no idea!). Also I was not a big fan of the ‘coffee’ there, it was actually espresso and was super strong (and bitter). Although to be fair, I typically like my coffee to be so loaded with creamer that it’s the same shade as my skin, haha!
I have so, so, so many photos so this trip is going to have to be split into several blog posts, but hopefully you won’t mind too much 😉
We ended up going on a guided tour of the Vatican and it was by far my favorite part of the whole trip. I learned so much from the tour guide and feel like I really got a grasp of the history of the art, chapels, and people that occupied this beautiful city over the years. It’s so hard to explain but the best way is that it’s like stepping into a time machine. Plus, everywhere you look you find out they filmed a movie there (and of course I was dreaming of A Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn) so it felt like being in old hollywood (and Europeans don’t dress like Americans, they all look so put together even when casual. So, it really did feel like walking through a different era). It was a sensation I’ve never felt before; it was both thrilling and very disorienting.
(interesting fact: security to get into Vatican city was very reminiscent of American TSA see photo below; there were not as many homeless people/beggars as I’ve seen in Atlanta or other large cities I’ve been to, however the way these people presented themselves on the streets was very different than what I’ve seen in America.)
Sunset in Rome and the Trevi Fountain at night. You don’t need my words for this, it’s everything your imagining right now. Breathtaking.