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Rome Antics

Many of you can probably relate to my insatiable hunger for travel. The thrill of abandoning the comfort of familiarity in pursuit of unaccustomed cultures is absolutely intoxicating. I am fortunate to have had numerous opportunities to travel the world, and each journey has uniquely impacted and influenced the person I am today.

Chris and I recently spent a week eating our way through Italy. As our bellies grew, so did our relationship. What a wonderful way to enjoy our marriage! Here are a few of my favorite photographs from our escapade~

I fried our converter on the first day with my T3 travel dryer. Oopsies. As a result, we were unable to charge anything, including my camera, and I didn't get as many photos of Rome as I would have liked to. Not that my point-and-shoot could have done this marvelous city any justice. The Vatican City is insanely opulent, although I found the Sistine Chapel a bit underwhelming in person. Nevertheless, I was deeply inspired by the city's wealth of art, history, and stunning architecture. We had tons of fun reliving Gladiator scenes at the Colosseum, and ended our visit with an evening at the Spanish Steps.

It was rainy during our stay, which made the city even more dreamy. We did all our sightseeing on foot, wandering through a beautiful maze of cobblestone streets, and stopping to savor pudding-thick hot chocolates at the Rivoire. Florence is a living museum filled with breathtaking cathedrals, galleries, markets, and piazzas. We had a blast geeking out at the Museo Galileo. It was mind-blowing to see the original instruments used by pioneers of chemistry, physics, and astronomy. The museum didn't allow photography, but I couldn't resist sneaking one of Antonio Santucci's monumental armillary sphere.

Hands down, one of the most breathtaking, enchanting places I have ever seen. We spent the final days of our trip getting lost on purpose, exploring mysterious alleys and crossing countless bridges. Each turn revealed another glimpse of the decaying elegance of this ancient city. It felt almost mystical, and incredibly romantic.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." 
- Saint Augustine  

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Reader Comments (5)

haha...I love that random cat!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty

Fabulous pics!!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I can definitely relate to your love for travel, Jenn. These are really beautiful pictures, you have a great eye!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I've always wanted to go to Italy! Sounds like you two had an amazing time, and I love your photos!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfrances

i meant to tell you earlier that i LOVE your italy pics. it makes me wanna go back again and just take my time. when we went we went with a tour so everything was so rushed. we got to see a lot but we didn't get to spend as much time in certain places as i wanted to.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreba

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