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Day 4 in Roma – Part 1

After a bit of an adventure with getting on the wrong bus we finally got to Vatican City, the worlds smallest nation! We started out with the St Peter’s Basilica featuring Michelangelo’s Pieta, which he created when he was only 25 and of course Michelangelo’s Dom. Here are a few other highlights: Raphael Rooms, Chapel of Nicholas V, Caravaggio’s Deposition, Leonardo da Vinci’s St Jerome and one of my favorite sculptures ever “Laocoon”. There are 10 museums overall within the Vatican City so we saw incredible art from Michelangelo and da Vinci to Picasso and Dali. We ended our visit to Vatican City with the Sistine Chapel. It was very awe-inspiring to see Michelangelo’s ceiling in real life and to be staring up at the world-famous “Adam and Eve” fresco. One of my favorite parts of the ceiling was the depiction of the “original sin”. I sat down for what seemed like forever and just stared at the ceiling. It was extremely impressive and moving.

I will leave you with this and continue with part 2 of day 4 in Roma tomorrow.


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Day 3 in Roma

We started our day like the day before with a wonderful breakfast in the beautiful courtyard of our hotel. Then we were off to another day of exploration. We spent the day walking all over the city without an itinerary. We ate gelato, drank lots of water (it was extremely hot) and even did a little bit of shopping on the famous Via dei Condotti. The biggest names of haute couture are all present and I felt like a kid in a candy store. I had always wanted a Hermes scarf and it was an amazing feeling to be able to walk into the store and pick a scarf for myself. I haven’t worn it yet but I can’t wait to. Even the packaging was beautiful with a beautifully designed box with Hermes printed ribbon and a heavy paper bag with the same design as the box. I have kept all the packaging. Another wonderful day in Roma ended with a wonderful dinner, more gelato and some drinks in the hotel courtyard.

And here are a few pictures of that day.


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Day 2 in Roma

After having a wonderful first night in Rome filled with great food and a beautiful walk along the river (fiume tevere) we got a good night sleep and were ready to do more exploring the next day. After walking to the Stazione Centrale to make all of our train reservations we spent the next 10 hours walking through the beautiful streets of Roma. We saw beautiful churches (Santa Maria degli Angeli, Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Maria delle Vittoria), the Terme di Diocleziano & Aula Ottagona, an exhibition on modern religious art, Monte Capitolino and Villa Borghese. We finished the night with a wonderful dinner, a bottle of red wine and some dessert, before falling into bed exhausted but so inspired by the beauty of Roma.

Here are a few pictures. Enjoy!


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Back from traveling

You have probably been wondering why I haven’t been blogging over the last month. I have been traveling around Europe. 2 weeks Italy and then 2 weeks Switzerland. We have had a wonderful time and it was incredibly inspiring and relaxing. I enjoyed seeing my family and spending time with them. Merci fer alles!

I love traveling with K. and I love showing him parts of Europe he hasn’t seen yet. By showing him where I grew up, I feel that he gets a better understanding of who I am. It also reminds me where I come from and it helps me feel rooted. Don’t know if that makes sense to you guys. I do find it hard to live somewhere so far away from my home. I am European through and through and I have to admit that most days I feel a bit like a fish out of water here. So those yearly trips back home are my oxygen. I come back refreshed and inspired, ready to create again!

Here are a few pictures of our first few hours in Rome, where we started our trip. I hope you enjoy them and make sure to check back for some more Europe pictures. I will post a few from every day of our trip.