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All Roads Lead to Rome

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Well, in this case, trains. ROME! Such a cool city. Within a very short period of time, Duane and I both gravitated to the city and the vibe.

We set down our bags in our apartment and set off for the afternoon. Immediately after we crossed the Tiber River, in a small square there was a man who was blowing bubbled for children so we let Gray play. I think it was probably the highlight of his trip. Endless giggles, squeals of delight, and ear to ear smiles.






After dragging G away. We hiked up Gianicolo Park - the eighth hill of Rome - for some of the best views in the city.


Tuesday, we took a free tour and learned a bit more about the cities history.







Roman Ruins

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With archaeological site littered throughout the city, so much so that it seems that you stumble upon upon a one at every corner, it would take years to see it all. Today we conquered three of them, the Roman Forum, Palantine Hill, and the Colosseum. D and I love nerding out over cool archaeological museums so this was so cool for us. If allowed, we could have spent HOURS here. 















My Catholic Pilgrimage

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I'm Catholic(ish). I was raised VERY catholic; church every Sunday, first communion, confession, Sunday school, observed lent (even the whole abstain from meat on Fridays part), christian summer camps, conformation, est. Now? Meh, not so much, BUT how could I come to Rome and NOT go to the Vatican?! During HOLY WEEK??? The Catholic guilt would be too much.

With Grayson in tow and D's aversion to big crowds (it's weird Howard thing *COUGH* Carrie *COUGH*), we opted for the early entrance (7:15am) with breakfast. Post breakfast we were set free in the museums an hour early before the general public, so we dashed for the Sistine Chapel to avoid the crowds. It was awe inspiring. Stunning. Mind-blowing to think that it was painted in 4-years, by an inexperienced painter who was known for his sculptures. In summary, after spending all day at the Vatican, what I learned was the Vatican kicks ass at ceiling art.










Then there was The Papal Basilica of St. Peter. It was powerful to see …