YAY!! It’s here… SPRING which means blooming trees and flowers popping out the ground filling my day with color after a looong drab colored winter.
I went to the Tidal Basin to take engagement portraits yesterday and wanted to post some of the photos (not from the engagement, ok I couldn’t resist just a few) from the scenery. If you can, this week is the happening week for the cherry blossom blooms!
This past year my husband and I were finally able to take our honeymoon! We had our wedding in the Spring of 2012 (April 14th to be exact, 2 year anniversary coming up!) and with the cost of a wedding and a recent move, we put off our honeymoon for a while to save some money for the European honeymoon we both really wanted. Well.. shortly after our wedding we were expecting a little baby girl, born March 18th 2013. So that changed our honeymoon plans to +1 more. Proud to say that even with all the added challenges we were still able to take our honeymoon to Rome, Italy the following year!
We flew into Rome on October 25th, and it was PERFECT. The warm air was just right, not hot or humid, lots of sunshine everyday and nice breezes when you needed them. We immediately checked into our hotel Lancelot just down the street from the Colosseum. We were only spending 5 days and 4 nights so we wanted to make sure we were comfortable and centrally located to make the most of every minute we spent there. They were so accommodating and friendly too! When we arrived with our 7 month old baby, they upgraded us to the suite just to give us some extra roomWe had a balcony where you could view the city and nearby Colosseum. It was a spectacular site at night, I enjoyed sitting out there with a
glass bottle of wine at the end of a long site seeing day in the warm evening air relaxing and soaking it all in. Even with the baby, Alex and I were able to spend our evenings alone out there together.
I highly recommend Rome as a honeymoon destination. It was very ROMAntic (hehe). People were friendly, no strange smells (I was worried about that), beautiful flowers, perfect weather, wine at every turn, delicious foods, and miles of walking with your hubby by your side.
side note: I was fortunate enough to book a wedding in Germany which is was really kicked us into gear for this trip. Photos of that Germany Castle wedding coming soon!
Alex and Liv settling into our new accommodations.
Palatine Hill just across from the Colosseum for another guided tour, ruins, fountains, and killer view for sunset.
Playing around the garden at sunset.Forum Romanum, at the base of Palatine Hill where we got our guided tour. We spent hours here strolling together, kinda got rushed out at the end since they closed at dusk.Colosseum on our way home late in the evening.
The Vatican, you can not see it all in one day… or two or three for that matter. We were so glad we took yet another guided tour, they got us through in one day with just the “must see’s”. We went back again on our final day on our own.
Another beautiful sunset shared on top of the Piazza di Spagna steps with my loves! We had a drink and just sat on the steps watching the sun go down with this huge mass of people. There was always a crowd.
We walked around downtown just touring shops, eating gelato, and seeing sites.
Trajan’s Column and The Trevi Fountain was one we just stumbled across traipsing about the city. This thing was MASSIVE, and way over the top. It reminded me of the types of fountains you’d see in Las Vegas. So eccentric and boasting, but that’s what the Roma’s were going for. I just can’t imagine how something like this was created back then.Maiden Hair Fern
Spent the whole day back at the Vatican for round #2
When the evening rolled around we headed over to St. Peter’s Basilica & Catacombs. SO glad we ended up making our way here. Even after all the amazing things I had seen up until this point I was still blown away by St. Peter’s Basilica. The marble that was used to build this was taken from ruins all over the city, it’s massive and it’s absolutely marvelous! Swiss Guards are also posted at the Basilica.
Picked up and headed out to Germany!