So, if I were to write any complaints about my first world, post-vacation problems, the number one would have to be my struggle with the jet lag, and getting back on “normal” time.  For the past few days, once I’ve hit 10:00pm, I’ve been exhausted.  On the flip side, I’ve been able to make some early morning appearances, no problem.  Of course it’s just pure silliness, and in the whole scheme of the world, everything has really been quite fine.  These past few days have been busy, but all for good things.  Today, we enjoyed much needed hang out times with school friends, two church ministry meetings, and then volleyball practice for Christian.  It was full, but good.

Looking back, the whole late nights, early mornings definitely stemmed from our vacation days.  For the record, I’m trying hard to diligently chronicle our vacation days on my blog.  For a few reasons.  One, because it’s easy to share with friends and family who’ve asked about our trip, and two, because it’s probably the only way that I’ll remember everything as well.  It seems silly to look back as we have jumped both feet into our regular lives, but I know I’ll be glad I did.

Anyhow, one late night that we had started with a late, authentic Italian dinner in Rome.  We realized that they eat really late in Europe.  Oh, and yes, I’m lame, and yes, I ordered spaghetti, but let me tell you it was the most delicious spaghetti I’ve ever had.  The spaghetti that I made last night, with Preggo sauce couldn’t hold a candle to it.

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Afterwards, we walked over to my favorite gelato place in all of Europe.  Thanks to our friend Faith Tuttle, who steered us in the right direction, we enjoyed quite a few trips to the Frigidarium.  It was right by our Plaza and it was by far, the best gelato I’ve had.  For 2 euros, you got a “small” (aka big) cone that was dipped in chocolate.  My mouth is watering as I write this, just thinking of it.

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And after that, we took one of our epic long walks, all through the streets of Rome.  We walked by the Pantheon, which was glorious at night.

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And then out to the Spanish Steps, which were surprisingly busy at midnight.  We ended up getting a little lost on the way back to our hotel, but it was worth it to be hanging out with my best friend, enjoying Rome and all it has to offer in the wee hours of the early, early morning.

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Speaking of morning, we got up bright and early the next one, to walk over to my favorite Basilica.  We decided to avoid the lines and purposed to make the most of our visit by climbing up the Dome.

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On our first dome stop, we got to peer out from the bottom of the dome.  The words, which wrap around the inside and say something about Peter being the rock of the church were fun to see from this perspective.  I read later that even though they look small, they are actually 7 feet tall.

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From there, we climbed a series of steps to make our way to the top of the dome.  And just a warning, it was not for the faint of heart.  The stairwells were really small and there were about 231 steps to climb to get to the top.

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Some of the staircases spiraled and it was probably the closest I’ve ever come to freaking about because it was dizzying and quite claustrophobic.  Let’s just say, I said quite a few prayers on our way up.  Thankfully though, it wasn’t busy at all, but I could just imagine how crazy it would be with the normal crowds that come to things like this.

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Once we reached the top, it was well worth the beautiful views we saw.

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This is a picture of the dome, and if you’re wondering why it doesn’t seem so tall, it’s because this picture was taken from the roof.  The views form the top were quite spectacular and mostly worth the crazy climb to get there.

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It was well worth waking up early for.  As we were leaving the Basilica, the lines were already starting to form and I breathed a prayer of thanks that we had avoided them that day.

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That was our last day in Rome.  From there, we hopped on a cruise ship to sail to a few more stops in Italy, and then stops in France, Tunisia (Africa), Malta and Sicily.  I’m going to do my best to highlight them another time.  Thanks for stopping by!

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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