We flew to Rome the Friday before Easter. Rome - the eternal city and probably my most favorite city in the world! It is such a meaningful place to me not only for the history, and beauty, and because it is home to the Catholic church, but because this is where my husband proposed to me on a surprise trip, ten years ago! To be back, with our children in tow, is a dream come true.
My husband flew separately because he does not like it when kids are in business class with him. Kidding! He booked our business-class tickets with award miles, and when he went to book his flight, the fourth was a phantom seat. So the kids and I set off for LAX- SFO - to Lisbon and then to Rome. We were still out of our home due to plumbing and caught an Uber from the Hyatt in HB to LAX. The trip was off to an exciting start when the pilot from our LAX flight pulled Cha into the cockpit as we were boarding. I think Cha must have been looking and seemed interested. I was just going to take a pic of Cha with him, but he wanted Aut and I to get in the picture and took it without asking- a first ... since I’m not shy about asking for photos! He was very nice. I started to plant the seed of this being a good career for Cha. He did not realize that he could get shot as a police officer, so now he is considering becoming a pilot "With you, Mommy." With every career that he considers, he tells me I am going to be doing it with him too. Which makes sense because we will also be married.
The following is a brief account of our days, mostly written on the day of, when I emailed updates to my Dad and mother-in-law. Once again, as I wrote in 2016, if you're considering traveling with children, do it!
The kids were amazing on the flight. We landed in Lisbon, with the kids somewhat rested, and had one short flight left. None of us liked the Lisbon airport because they did not have any air conditioning. When we landed in Rome, we found the driver with our name who took us right to our hotel. Thinking it was just one room, we were happily surprised to learn that Dad upgraded us. We were there just after 9pm, dropped our stuff off and went to dinner, where the kids tried Fanta for the first time. They were in bed before 11pm, and hubby arrived just after midnight. Thankfully, we had two rooms, so he was able to sneak in without waking them up. We were excited to learn that the Colosseum was only a 15-minute walk!
|Not just a photo op- you are able to wander all around amongst these amazing ruins!|
|So much fun! Could not love these two characters more if we tried!|
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
- Campo de’ Fiori
- Piazza Farnese
- Via Giulia
- Via del Governo Vecchio
- Castel Sant’Angelo (from outside)
|See that nun behind me? I totally beat her up the stairs.|
|As we did on our last trip here, we found an amazing restaurant around the corner and ate there almost every night. Tight quarters and linen table clothes and the kids were so well-behaved (without technology - win!)|