Monday, January 21, 2013

Rome: Girls' Trip!

Eva is a rock star... She gets just a little bit of attention from the Italians... especially the older crowd.
This was my third trip to Rome - Eva's, too! Hard to believe this little gal won't remember ANY of her time in Italy... I'm so glad we've taken photos or she would never believe us! After visiting twice before, Cole and I had chosen a hotel we really liked, mostly because of the location... It's only a short walk from Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, and a quick bus ride to the Vatican City. We had stayed there with Cole's parents, and found it was convenient - so we rebooked the same place. This time, we left Florence by train. Cole had to head back to work, so Eva and I showed Jess all we could in Rome! We had a wonderful time. The weather cooperated perfectly and there was only one time we had to duck out of the rain... We stopped for lunch and things cleared up after that. I was pretty nervous about this leg of our trip with Jess, but things really went smoothly, thank goodness!
The Pantheon! Love this picture of Jess looking up into the dome - wow!
On our first two trips, we hadn't made it to the Pantheon and this time we were able to see it, which was a really special memory for me! It was amazing! Over and over, the buildings in Rome just leave you in awe - this one, in particular, is the best preserved ancient building in Rome, with the largest concrete dome (that hasn't been reinforced) in the world! No metal bars here, folks.. just good old-fashioned engineering! The Pantheon was built in 125 A.D.

Ok, I suppose that's enough of a history lesson. ;) Here are some of my other favorite photos from the time Jess, Eva and I spent in Rome! Veni Vidi Vici! 

St. Peter's Basilica - and my sister, the hair model! Isn't she lovely?
Again at the Vatican - here we were waiting in line to enter! 

Inside the Colosseum!
Outside the Colosseum! 
Some more of my favorites! Pizza, Pinnochio, Trevi and more of the Colosseum!
I am so, so fortunate to have gotten this fun travel time with Jess! Sisters truly are one of life's greatest blessings! We had a fantastic time... and made some awesome memories. Maybe someday we can take another sisters' trip to Rome - only one thing will have to change! Hannah will have to join us next time, too! :)