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When in Rome…

If you follow me on social media (you know, the usual culprits: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), then you probably saw that I was in Rome this weekend. And yes, I’m still in awe of the fact that I can casually mention that I went to Rome this weekend. Pinch me, please!

Our base offers trips around Europe every weekend and a couple months ago, when I looked at my empty calendar for October, I knew I needed to fill it up with something to pass the time. (Weekends drag on FOREVER when your husband’s deployed, by the way. They’re the worst.)

Can I just say how amazing it is how quickly my body is changing? I was in Rome for 12 hours and it was one of the toughest trips I’ve physically been on, which is hard to admit. By the end of the day I was literally holding back tears because my hips hurt from walking so much. Oh, my hips! I felt like an 80-year-old woman. And the sad part is that I really didn’t walk that much. But, we took an 8-hour bus ride there and back (and Pickles was moving around what felt like the entire time). So sitting for that long, combined with sightseeing, did a number on me. While I was in the city I switched between walking around and taking a hop on/hop off tour. It also rained like cats and dogs for at least half the time I was there. Blah. I kept telling myself that I was in Rome and had to enjoy it as much as I could. Anyway, I wish I saw and did more, but I’m glad I went now instead of when I’m much further along. Waddling in that city wouldn’t have been much fun. 

I shared a lot of these via InstaTwitBook (HA!) over the weekend, but there may be a few you haven’t seen yet!

When in Rome
…stand in line for the Vatican Museum.

…wander around looking at priceless.
…don’t forget to look up, some of the most beautiful art is on the ceiling.
…take a forbidden picture of the Sistine Chapel (sssshhh!)

it’s upside down, but “The Creation of Man” is in the middle

…get lunch. Don’t be tempted by McDonald’s (they’re everywhere) unless you need the bathroom, because they have clean restrooms with an actual toilet). Get pizza instead. 

…eat Roman pizza. It’s some of my favorite in the entire world. It’s on focaccia-type bread, so it’s crunchy and chewy, and there are so many different toppings to choose from. YUM!
….take a break at the USO
…enjoy random art around almost every street corner.
…fall even more in love with an inanimate object.
I loved this Vespa so much I took two pictures of it. See the other one here.
…visit a famous fountain

 …make a wish (or two or three)
…catch a glimpse of the Colosseum in the rain and decide to stay dry instead of getting out to see it up close.
…feel guilty about not getting out of the bus to see the Colosseum, so go back later, pop open your umbrella, and take an awkward picture of yourself with it in the background.

 ….stand in awe of St. Peter’s Basilica. 
 …decide you don’t really need to go inside one of the most beautiful churches in the world. It’s late, you’re exhausted, and it hurts to walk. 
…take more pictures from outside.
(click to enlarge)
 …suck it up. Who knows how many more opportunities you’ll have to visit such a spectacular place. 
…see yet another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces.
…marvel at the fact that Michelangelo created this when he was just 23 years old and that it’s the only piece of work he ever signed. (After he made it there was a rumor
that another artist created it and, so he put the rumors to rest by
signing the sash Mary’s wearing. That man was incredibly talented. Love
…finish the day with some nice, hearty Chinese food. 
Totally serious, and it was delicious.
When in Rome
…vow to go back as soon as possible. 

Have you been to Rome before? What’s your favorite thing to see/do there?


  1. Pantheon is by far my favorite sight. It's just breathtaking. my hotel was right next to it and I just have the best time sitting at my window staring at it. Magical.

  2. Yes, I've been to Rome and I loved seeing all the places I visited via your pictures. Thank you. However, you felt like an 80-year old woman??? If that's true, then you did a better job of touring than this 80-year old woman would have done!! Congratulations!


  3. So my hips/crotch hurt SO bad during both of my pregnancies too. Get a Serola band. (I think it's Serola, might be Solera, I can't remember.) It's this velcro band you were around your hips, under you belly that keeps your hips in place since your ligaments in your pelvis are all loosening up to prepare for the birth. It helped me a LOT! If I over did it, I couldn't even roll over in bed without excruiciating pain, and the belt really helped a lot. You can get them on Amazon I think!

  4. Beautiful. I can't even believe that photo of St Peter's!

    You should think about seeing a chiropractor. Seriously helped my pregnancy!

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