I arrived safe and sound in Rome on Saturday morning and was picked up at the airport by Elisabetta, the sweet girl who has helped organize my classes here in Rome. I had to take a picture of one of the first sights I saw as we entered Rome - a guy juggling in the intersection, hoping for some coins from passing cars. First time I've seen that!
I love seeing the cafe and flower shops that are everywhere...
I am staying with Serena, Elisabetta's sister, in her home in Rome. I can't even express how thankful I am that she would open her home to me - I never stayed in someone's home here - I love being a part of the life here instead of in a hotel or B&B. She lives on the 9th floor of her building - the views are wonderful and the sounds of the city are all around us (and the building is even pink!)
The two white domes in the distance are the Vatican.
Of course, our first stop had to be for gelato! They wanted to remind me how much better Italian gelato is than Amorino that I love in Paris! Yes, they are right! It is amazing - they even have strawberry whipped creme that they add to the top! (I almost didn't post this picture because of my hair - remember I was coming off a overnight flight and "bed-head"!)
Since I needed to stay awake for the rest of the day, they decided to take me to Tivoli Gardens just outside Rome. I have heard of it many times, but had no idea was a gorgeous place it is! I just loved strolling through the gardens. These were the gardens of the home of some VERY rich people and are just amazing. The fountains are scattered all through the gardens - my pictures don't capture how beautiful it is.
There are over 100 fountains along this wall...
And I got a Tivoli floaty pen for my collection! :)
It was a good day - and I slept like a log that night!
Next I'll have pictures from my classes on Sunday - today I'm off to the center of Rome... and taking a bus here by myself for the first time! The adventure continues...
I can't help thinking of everyone celebrating Memorial Day this weekend. I'm so thankful the soldiers who gave their lives for our country - and I'm especially thankful that my soldier came home from war safely but I know there are many who didn't and my heart goes out to those families.
We're proud of you Brandon and thankful for your service to our country!