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1: Our trip to Italy was truly one of the best experiences of my life. Traveling with your family is always fun, traveling with your adult children is a blessing. Every day brought us something new to see or experience. Someone once asked me what was the best part of your trip and I can honestly tell you that it was all the best. I am sad Jake chose not to go with us, but the memories the four of us made are cherished, a little green valley in my heart. ~Love you, Mom xoxo
2: We are on our way to the Detroit Airport, July 2010
3: We have finally arrived in Rome, after we get our luggage we will look for our driver. | Quick pinch us we have a driver with a sign "Stegenga"
4: We stayed near the Bernini Square, at a place Italy Source found for us . It was very hard to find our hotel at first. It was the green door
5: First stop, a café to sit relax and refresh. Then on our way to the Spanish Steps...
6: It is unseasonably hot and crowded. you can see the Vatican in the background. We made it to Scallainta della Tri-nita dei Monti (the Spanish Steps). It is the popular rendezvous for young romans and foreigners
7: We L O V E the V E N D O R S
8: We explored a maze of narrow alleyways and found the Fountain diTrevi, toss a coin and you are sure to return to Rome. So far it has worked for us!
10: The upper left hand picture shows Rome, it was originally 6 feet lower than it is today. Other images are of the Pantheon in the PLazza della Rotonda. The Pantheon is the best preserved monument of ancient Rome.
11: This Temple of all Gods was saved from the war when it was converted into a church in the 7th century. The opening is a sun dial
12: Exploring Rome, we love the cafés, shops and squares. The best part is you turn a corner and find an amazing piece of history
13: Danielle wanted to visit a zoo, so we went to the zoo in Rome!
16: The Vatican, Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Square)
17: This is Bernini's greatest creation and one of the worlds most exciting pieces
18: The Vatican Museums, the lower left image is a tapestry
19: The image in the upper left looks like it is a carving but it is actually a painting made to look like a sculpture
20: The bronze Jubilee doors are opened every 25 years, next time will be 2025
21: The upper left shows the Pope's residence. The Vatican is one of the most amazing places I have ever been blessed to experience.
24: We climbed to the top and what an amazing view! The Statues you see in the upper right hand image are 18 feet tall
27: When you climb to the top you are near the opening you see in the upper left image | The Pieta` is truly the most amazing sculpture words cannot explain it | They are touching St. Peter's Toe
28: The Colosseum...
31: Ben enjoyed the Colosseum the most, we took a tour and that was a good idea because we got more insight into the architecture and history
32: My favorite picture of the four of us
34: Mom had the great idea to take a cab and see all the historical places at night. Our cab driver was fabulous and took us to an old orphanage and gave us more history on Rome
37: This was part of the Roman Forum, there were Archaeologists working. There was so much to see in this area and the first time Bill and I had done more than walk by it.
38: Mom would say it was hot!!
39: Ben would say this was his favorite part of Rome, he loved how old everything was. The doorway was where Caesar was killed
41: We had a wonderful time in Rome, it was the trip of a lifetime. Bill and I loved sharing a new part of the world with our family. If Jake had been here it would have been perfect!
43: We arrived after a very windy drive past Sorrento and along the Almalfi Coast. The drive itself was spectacular and beautiful. Our drivers name was Nicholas, he was a very nice man and ended up being our driver for the rest of the week.
44: The accommodation's in Positano were outstanding. | We had a private balcony
45: And a view that was priceless...
46: It was great to leave the city and relax in a new area, and it made the HEAT more bearable when we headed to the beach..
49: As you can see Positano is built on a hill so there are LOTS of steps to get anywhere. The heart on the left shows where we stayed the glass room was a restaurant
52: We would walk down the steps to the main part of the small village then work our way up going in & out of shops, it was very quaint
54: Took a boat to the Island of Capri
55: The water is known for it's blue color, it was very distinctive and beautiful. | Danielle & Ben
56: This is the famous "Blue Grotto" there were lots of boats gathered here waiting to get on a smaller boat to see inside the grotto, we chose not to go as other people said it really wasn't worth it
57: Ben was the only one brave enough to go swim in the caves, in retrospect we should have taken the scenic route after we went to the island and not before.
59: We took an open taxi to the top of the Island instead of walking it was a twisty ride and a neat experience.
60: I have never seen so many yachts in one area before, simply amazing.
62: Pompeii rises on the plateau of Vesuvian lava
63: As our time in Italy begins to dwindle, we went to Pompeii, this was somewhere Ben really wanted to see. The kids learned about Pompeii in history class so it was an amazing opportunity to see it .
64: A bath house, the cobbled streets, a courtyard garden. All sights from an incredible time. On the cobbled streets you can see ruts from chariot wheels
73: Bill twisted his ankle in Pompeii and was unable to do the steps on our last night in Positano
74: Pictures I just had to include in no particular order