The trip to Italy was different in many ways. To start with, most of the photos I took were taken while carrying my daughter in her carrier or with one hand. Usually, our vacations involved starting the day early with jam-packed activities and planning the days to the hours to ensure maximum exploration. Relaxation has not been on my dictionary while vacationing for the longest time. I know many of you may think this is exhausting and not vacationing. However, my point of view has always been to see, discover and do as much instead of spending time in spas or shops (except for souvenirs or if there’s some specialty product I want to buy from the vacation spot) which I can do over weekends in town.
Well, this time, the days were not planned to the hours because we knew, well in advance, that just wasn’t going to work. Some days, we didn’t even get out of the hotel until 11AM or later(ask me to imagine that two years ago and I would have thought you are insane!). You see, the toddler is finally teaching us how to vacation. Wake up, take your own sweet time to cuddle with mommy and daddy, spend an hour or more to enjoy breakfast and go back to the hotel room for a change before heading out for sightseeing. That’s the right way to spend a holiday, especially in Italy.
Exploring Rome, the capital of Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, in just four days is a challenge. We could spend days just to properly explore the major attractions such as the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de Fiori, and the Vatican. Then, We could have easily spent many more days exploring the many piazzas, museums and parks around the city.
Naples, the birthplace of pizza. Need I say more. Oh, the different toppings and flavor of pizza!!
It was very exciting to get the first glimpse of Mount Vesuvius in Naples. The sun rise over the volcano was breathtaking. It appeared much smaller than other volcanoes such as Mt. Fuji, Mt. Rainier that I’ve seen. Finally, we learned that the current height is only one-third of the original height due to multiple eruptions.
Pompeii, a city frozen in time; a city where the wealthy once lived shoulder to shoulder with the poor. Walking through Pompeii provides a window into ancient Roman life – restaurants, market place, hotels, bars, bakeries, brothels, bath houses, homes and much more.
Seeing the historic sites of Rome, Naples and Pompeii involved a lot of walking. On an average, we walked 3-4 miles each day and R probably walked 25% of the times as well(we trashed her stroller on the second day because she was more interested to push it than to ride on it!!). That’s a story to be told some other times.