My apologies to anyone who still visits this place. The last few weeks have been absolutely mental and I just can’t seem to muster up the enthusiasm to post in the little remaining time I get each day. There is a lot to catch up on and I will be making an effort to do so over the next several days.

But first, ROME!


So after an over-complicated trip from the airport to our hotel in the Trastevere area of Rome in nearly 40C heat, we had arrived. Showered and lighter by a few too many bags, we headed to a local restaurant on the advice of the guy at the front desk.


5 euro for some of the best pasta I have ever had and less than 10 for a nice bottle of wine…heaven!

The next few days were spent going to as many of the sights as we could. I think we did pretty well considering we had three little ones in tow. The Pantheon was amazing…


There were guys dressed as gladiators all over the place looking to snag a couple of euro from anyone willing to take a photo with them.


Next stop was the Colosseum…


Did I mention it was hot? We bought a couple of umbrellas for some portable shade. Vanessa had a great time haggling with the vendors. Never sell her anything, you will lose.


The area we were staying in really came alive in the afternoons and evenings. Tons of restaurants and bars. Here’s Evan on one of the walking streets with a piece of the biggest watermelon I have ever seen (that’s just a ‘pizza slice’ of a cross section from it)…


Having lunch in Piazza Navona…



Ken and I ordered the Grande Birra and received two giant mugs of the most expensive beer we ever had…


Which way to the beach?


Of course, we went to the Vatican as well. St. Peter’s Basilica was beyond amazing. The scale of it is overwhelming. The Vatican museum was equally awesome. I got up close to some of the most amazing art in their contemporary exhibit, but the highlight was easily the Sistine Chapel. It was packed with people and quite dark inside, but being in the presence of such amazing art was really moving. I need to go back and spend some more time there as it’s just too much for your brain to absorb in one visit.


Here’s Ken, Vanessa, and little Kobester in front of St. Peter’s…


Can you believe it!?! I never thought they would put out a greatest hits collection! Finally!!!


It was hot, noisy, crowded, and awesome. If you haven’t been, you need to go. We will definitely be back and we also want to check out Florence and Venice as well. Ciao!

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3 Responses to Roma!

  1. Vanessa

    Hi Sim… I always am a faithful watcher of your blog, even when you are slow to post! Ken says you should have had a picture of your faces after you received the bill for the beer….now that would have been amusing. xoxo v

  2. brooke

    great pics as per usual! Love them! Looks like you all had a fab time in Roma :) thanks for sharing!

  3. Amy Green

    Well if my fave girls Brooke and Vanessa are commenting I might as well join in :)
    Simon if animation ever gets boring for you maybe you should get into photo journalism as a career. Amazing pics! Love the posts. You are very talented. Hi to Leigh and the kids. You four are truly living the dream.

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