We stayed at a great little hotel in Rome that was in walking distance of everything. Most mornings we would get dressed, walk downstairs and grab a quick bite to go and then start walking. One of my favorite walks was to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican because it was a shaded pathway in the 90 degree weather.
Along the way we saw some fun street artists . . .
And the kids convinced us to buy them some sunglasses.
And then we got in a line and made our way inside the Sistine Chapel.
Some of the museums did not have air conditioning throughout, so when we found a spot with good air-conditioning, we’d take a little break and relish in the cool air. That’s what Levi is doing below.
As you might imagine, the paintings and sculptures were everywhere and even though I couldn’t tell you which Pope acquired which piece of art, I photographed those pieces that I thought were pretty cool.
We did get to see Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. But of course, no photos allowed.
Then we got lunch.
After lunch we got in another line to go up to the Dome at San Pietro Basilica.
And we saw the Swiss Guards.
At the top of the dome, Annabelle and I were both feeling a little hesitant about looking down. Did I mention it is the tallest dome in the world?
Those little ants at the bottom are people.
Then we headed down to the plaza where there are beautiful fountains.
We all miss Italy a lot. It was a great time to spend together as a family. With limited access to our smart phones and other devices, we spent our time talking, laughing, and even joyfully grumbling with each other over the long lines and overwhelming heat inside the city. At home, we are back to our busy days packed with school, work, hockey, skating, and all the various committees I sign myself up to volunteer on.
I’m already sketching out our next family vacation. These two are growing up so fast and I feel like it is on vacation that I really get to see them, hang out and get to know them again (during the year, they’re off and doing what healthy kids are supposed to do which is wanting to spend their free time with their friends, going to school and playing sports . . . it just leaves us parents missing them). So now the question is . . . where to next?