It’s the fourth and final installment of our trip recap!
(And all the people said AMEN!)
It’s also the day before a holiday…but guess what? I’m still blogging tomorrow 😉 . So, make sure you come see me on July 4th. I’ll be wearing my red, white and blue and probably listening to some Toby Keith…
Okay, if you missed the first three parts of our trip, let me catch you up right now:
PART ONE: We arrive in Venice, have a wonderful time, eat a lot of yummy food and then board the ship!
PART TWO: We visit our first three ports in Greece! You need to come see why we loved Santorini so much!!
PART THREE: We mixed things up and relaxed one day, did a wine tour another day and then visited King’s Landing on the third day 😉 .
So, what happens in PART FOUR? We visit ROME!!!
Here’s the thing…when you’re traveling, sometimes you just have to roll with it. We got off the ship bright and early to catch a flight from Venice to Rome for one jam-packed, see everything we can day…and our flight was delayed. #sigh We ended up sitting on the runway for over two hours (hello, extra time to read, glad I had my Kindle!)
We finally landed in Rome, checked in at our hotel, threw our bags down and hit the street. We were HUNGRY! We stopped at the first place we saw…
…lasagna and ravioli? Yes, please!!
After this, we jumped on the subway and went straight to…
…the Colosseum. 🙂
Because our flight was delayed and we had even less time, we had to make a decision about what we wanted to see more than anything and everyone voted for the Colosseum. Even though we bought tour tickets that allowed us to “skip the line” and have a guide (as part of a group tour), we still had to wait to get in. I think we waited almost two hours…and that was with “skip the line/you have a tour” tickets.
Just hangin’ with my girl outside of the Colosseum.
It’s just as spectacular as you might think!
Waiting some more? Okay, we’ll take a picture then.
Yay! Our tour finally started! Our guide was so knowledgeable and really kept us moving as we toured. I really enjoyed listening to him.
It was Andrew’s first time inside, and he loved it!
After our tour, everything else was closed (it was Sunday night), so we hit the ground running and just “saw” other things. I wish we would have had more time! I’ve been to Rome several times before, and it’s always a city you could spend days in…but we had just a few hours, so we tried to make the most of it.
It was a beautiful night to be out at the Spanish Steps!
Please note, I wore these shoes every single day of our vacation and have continued to wear them at home! THEY ARE SO COMFY!!!!
Awe! I love this picture! In fact, I might frame it. Here’s the deal, God can do BIG and MIGHTY things when you least expect it. I had no idea when I met Erika at church that day that she would become “my person”. Over the last 13 years, we’ve been there for all the ups and downs, for the hard days, the crazy days, the great days, the boring days…all of them. She’s my date at the gym each morning, my co-chauffeur as we take 8 kids all over the city, my business partner, my travel buddy and the best friend a girl could ask for. Please note, by day 11 of this vacation, we each only had one outfit left in our suitcases and…they were basically identical. Bahahaha! Exact same shorts and navy sleeveless tops. What. Are. The. Odds?! So, we twinned all day 🙂 .
Rome, you are lovely.
Oh you know…just the Pantheon. WHOA! It’s just so beautiful!! We were bummed that it was already closed for the day 😉 .
Trevi Fountain…always one of my favorite spots!
Just makin’ our way through Rome on a Sunday night!
And finally, dinner. We ate BIG on our last night in Rome!
By the time we got back to our hotel, it was late, so we went to sleep and then the next morning, flew home to see those kiddos!!
Whew! That’s a wrap!!! We had talked about this vacation for over a year, so to finally be on it was just the best feeling in the world! Guess what? We’ve already booked our next big Slaughter/Shull vacation and it’s a doozy too. This time though…eight kids are involved. #ohmy #letthefunbegin
I know I say this a lot, but it’s true, we love what we do over at Mix and Match Travel Agency. It’s always such a blessing to me to connect with other people and help them with their vacation plans. If you are ever needing assistance with your travels, we’d love to chat! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, don’t forget this…
…my Easy & Festive July 4th Recipes! Tomorrow is the big day, and I have everything covered from a fun cocktail to a breakfast recipe, desserts and more!
See you guys back here tomorrow!