IMG_0814 First off, two days in Paris is definitely NOT enough. But I did make it to many of the major sites- the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Pont Neuf, and the Arc de Triomphe. Despite the rainy weather, the city is still beautiful. There’s an awesome Christmas Market on theĀ  Champs Elysees- the end near the Seine, not by the Arc de Triomphe- which was fun to wander around, even though I got my feet all wet because it was sunny when I left my room and decidedly not sunny when I came back. Tomorrow I head to Munich for Christmas, so I can compare the French version of a Christkindlmarkt with the original German version!


Arriverderci, Roma!

Tomorrow I fly early to Paris. I’m excited to see Paris, but also sad to leave Rome behind. Six weeks was not enough time to see everything in Rome- I don’t think a lifetime would really be enough time- but it was long enough to feel like I was really living here, not just a tourist. So to wrap up the visit, here are some of my favorite places in Rome, in no particular order.

  • San Pietro- okay, technically this isn’t in Rome, but it’s surrounded by Rome, so I’m going to count it.
  • Castel Sant’Angelo- the view from the top of this fortress turned museum is worth the price of admission!
  • Campo dei Fiori- always a busy square, and there are still stalls selling flowers, which is nice. Also, my favorite pizza in Rome is right off the square.
  • The Pantheon- So it’s always busy and full of tourists, but it’s still an impressive building. Sadly, I didn’t get to see it in the rain- I wanted to see the water coming in the roof- but there’s always next time!
  • Villa Doria Pamphilij- a massive park in Trastevere full of people walking their dogs, running and just enjoying life. It’s pretty chilly there now, but during the summer I’m sure it’s even busier with people enjoying their gorgeous city!

So tomorrow begins the next and final leg of this trip- Paris for a few days then on to Munich for Christmas!

Some Pics from Trastevere

These are just some pictures from around Trastevere that I’ve taken throughout my weeks here:)




(Okay, this one is of St. Peter’s Square. But it’s on the same side of the Tiber, so it’s close to Trastevere!)



Sorry for the scanty postings of late…I’m dealing with a tough personal situation right now but hopefully things will be better soon!

Roman Fall Foliage


Even though it’s already December, there are still fall leaves aplenty throughout Rome. The grey clouds made getting pictures a bit hard- the colors are kind of muted- but the yellows and oranges and occasional reds are actually very bright, and the piles of downed leaves drifting on sidewalks are feet deep in places! For someone who grew up in CA, where fall foliage is pretty much limited to Sycamore trees, this plethora of color is extra exciting!



IMG_0775The colors in this one really didn’t show up very well, but I couldn’t resist the great view of the dome of St. Peter’s behind the yellow tree. It looked much brighter in person.



Bug love me


Taking a break from the regularly scheduled programming of pretty pictures of Rome…bug bites! Bug bites are a fact of life but especially for me. Bugs love me. But Italian bugs are a part of being in Italy. I guess it’s only fair- I’m eating my fair share of tasty Italian foods, so the local bugs get their share of my tasty blood.