I reserved a sunny September Sunday off for a day of reconnecting- with friends and myself. A dear friend (whom I haven’t physically seen in probably 10 years!) and her husband finally made their long awaited trip to Italia, and they made their first afternoon available to see little old me. So while I waited for them to land and get settled, I figured why not go early and have a little alone mom-in-Rome time?! So I enjoyed a cappuccino and cornetto before taking off on an early morning train up.
I decided to visit the Galleria Borghese- a museum which houses a collection of sculptures and paintings from the 15th-19th century. We explored in detail works by Caravaggio, Raphael, Bernini and more. While waiting for my tour to begin, an older Italian man in his 60’s or 70’s sat with me on a bench in the gardens. We chatted for a bit about the museum, where we were from, and about Rome in general.
The morning was full of church bells, Roman food, wine, and LOTS of people watching! Ancient ruins among city buildings, interesting architecture, and street art could be seen everywhere. I later joined some familiar faces to wander through the Colosseo and Roman Forum. We missed the Roman Forum on our first trip to Rome, so that was completely new. And although I had already been to the Colosseum, who can say that they have been twice? Let alone that they can just take a train and be there in an hours time? I wasn’t going to pass that up! As long as I’m here, I will visit anywhere and as many times as I’m given!
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!