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Rome, Italy

IMG_2441Roma! Bene, Bene, Bene. Four years ago, I visited Rome at a very exciting time in my life. In 2010, I was living in Spain and traveling any chance I could, on fire for tasting different cultures and seeing places I had only longed for before. Traveling abroad was a desire brought on by the feeling that I was missing out on something. It was a new obsession for me and I couldn’t imagine stopping. Rome always glittered in my mind and I made it a point to visit before having to return home to Texas. So drastically different from the states, it was in Italy that I became infatuated with the idea of living in Europe permanently one day. I fell in love with the country. I saw Venice first and then continued south to Rome for an experience that transformed the traveler in me. The seemingly carefree and animated Roman atmosphere intoxicated me and I wanted to find a way back to this way of life. I can’t think of many other European cities that make me feel this same way. I had the fortune to visit multiple times, and during that time discovered Rome’s special secrets, famous sites and history. I’m eternally grateful to have discovered the hidden gems and the world that vibrates with so much character. With sinfully rich delicious food, passionate people and famous sites, Rome is more than plenty for a young, history enthused, wide eyed tourist. The old world and new world exist simultaneously together in an up-tempo beat enchanting millions of tourists each year. The language, the locals and, of course, the food, all impress with an unforgettable Italian zest. When I think of Rome, I smile and remember my luck to have visited as more than just an American. I remember that the Eternal city left me eternally grateful and eternally curious for travel.

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One of the greatest things about Italy? It’s food. It’s coffees and cappuccinos are no exception. Perfection!

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Me with the barber from Eat, Pray, Love.

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The Colleseum was just as impressive as I had imagined.

The Colleseum was just as impressive as I had imagined.

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Another view of the colosseum.

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A lovely couple exiting the Santa Maria in Aracoeli church on the top of Rome’s first base, the Capitoline Hill.

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Baci! Baci!

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Inside the Vatican with one of the many beautiful statues.

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Exploring the Roman Forum.

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Fall rested on the floor as well as the stone ruins.

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A view from the top of the Roman Forum.

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The Pantheon.

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What a hard working statue 😉

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A beautiful door outside the Vatican.

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My lovely friend Mari who accompanied me on my first trip.

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Staring up at the vast size of the Vatican.

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I love doors. This door was one of my favorites in Rome.

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Piazza Navona

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