just a little glimpse…

there is beauty just oozing out of every cranny in Rome
just a snippet of the beauty Rome holds…

where have you been that just oozes beauty?

Vatican City…St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s was amazingly beautiful
the lighting was by far my favorite part

the swiss guards were pretty cool as well πŸ™‚

the door that is only open for special occasions ( i think like every 25 years)

the ceiling was magnificent

told you the lighting was amazing πŸ™‚

I loved the domes as well!!!

Love, Love, Love

we sent postcards from the Vatican post office πŸ™‚

more to come πŸ™‚

Vatican City…the Museum

one day of our trip to Rome was dedicated to Vatican City
we started the day with a trip to the museum
we even got to skip the LONG line by pre-ordering our tickets (this is highly recommended by us)
the line was SOOOO long and would have taken us hours to get in and with the pre order it took a matter of minutes
the museum is really big but the collection of art is outstanding
the courtyard


the fig leaves…

my sweet husband with his audioguide

the map room

the wall…
if you are going to Rome then you need to visit the Vatican
but make sure you are dressed conservatively
and remember you can skip the line πŸ™‚

Roma…well actually Pompeii

We took a train to Naples and Pompeii one day during our vacation
I have always wanted to visit Pompeii
and it did not disappoint!
Everything has been preserved so well
and there are even sections of Pompeii that have not been excavated yet!

can you see Mt. Vesuvius in the background…

pompeii doggies

during our visit I got some sort to heat rash all over my legs
and I freaked out it was super red and burning
good thing there was a pharmacy in the train station
and the pharmacist was SO nice and got me some cream
just imagine seeing a tourist sitting in the train station with this white cream all over her legs…yeah that was me πŸ™‚

Roma…Ostia Antica

one day while we were in Rome we caught the train to Ostia
Ostia is probably 15 miles away from Rome and on the Mediterranean Sea.  
We went to Ostis Beach first then to Ostia Antica, which is a ruined town.
The beach…was not like the beach here in SC
definitely not as much beach, definitely a little dirtier, and the swim suits were definitely a little smaller or non existent πŸ˜‰

we just stayed out there long enough for me to find some shells and stand in the sea…
it was a pretty hot day and we had lots of walking still to do
we hoped back on the train and got off at the Ostia Antica stop

The ruins were impressive…
it was an entire town
shop lines streets…

and even fast food restaurants πŸ˜‰

we are glad that we took a day trip to Ostia
it was packed full of history and I even got to see the beach!!!

Roma…Appian Way

on our anniversary we went to Appian Way.  It was the only road into Rome back in the day. 
We rented 2 bikes and just rode and took in all of the sights!
our bikes

it took me a few minutes to re teach myself how to ride a bike…it has been a few years since I have ridden one πŸ™‚  Those rocks were killers too!!!  I though I was going to bust all of my teeth out…good thing I didn’t

the sights

appain way was so peaceful and beautiful
and riding bikes with my husband made it even better!
would be a perfect place to have a picnic!!!

Roma…the ruins

Roma has plenty of ruins…just in the middle of the city.  They are everywhere….I think that is one thing that really makes Rome unique.  
We made sure to soak in lots of the Roman history while we were there.
We visited Palentine Hill, the Forum, and the Colosseum one of our days.  
Definitely worth the time and little bit of money.  I would suggest going to see them in that order as well…the lines are SO much shorter at Palentine Hill and the ticket you get there will get you into all three places! (and you get to skip the LOOOONG line at the Colosseum!!  
Trust me you DO NOT want to stand in that line!
Palentine Hill

the beautiful view!

the forum

I just love all of the old  columns

the colosseum 

the ruins are a must see part of Rome in my opinion. 
 It is amazing that they have been preserved so we can see them today!  
more trip updates coming soon!

the cooking class

Andre signed us up to take a cooking class while we were in Rome…and anyone that knows me knew that was music to my ears.  Since I LOVE food, cooking, and of course eating!  
This cooking class was held at Chef Andrea’s restaurant Le Fate (in the Trastevere part of Rome). 
One of the best parts of Andrea’s restaurant is that it is a 0 km restaurant (meaning that he gets all of his food locally… grown and made!). We had such a great time cooking, laughing, and talking…not to mention that I really learned so much about Roman cuisine.  
Like did you know that, the skin of garlic is where all of the nutrients are found!?!
Well I know all of you are wondering just what we made…
all of the ingredients…all fresh from the market that morning

after admiring and taking lots of pictures we started cooking…
I sliced tomatoes and then fried some eggplant…yum!
the tomatoes, arugula, and eggplants
up close of the fried eggplant…
the colors are just SO pretty…tomatoes, basil, arugula, and eggplant

and of course we made fresh pasta…this pasta is called “priest choker” πŸ˜‰
Andre rolled lots of this pasta…he was a master pasta roller!!!
we stuffed some zucchini flowers with prosciutto and mozzarella
my mouth is watering just looking at this picture!
one of the tomato sauces that we made…I helped a lot with this one πŸ™‚

 so after all of our hard work we ( all 12 of us) sat down at a table out in the restaurant
the place setting

the appetizer: zucchini flowers with prosciutto and mozzarella and Southern Style pesto
also know as …Fiori di Zucca dorati e ripieni con prosciutto e mozzarella con Pesto alla Trapanese
the pesto sauce

man were these good!!!!

then for the first course: fresh homemade pasta with a fresh tomato, basil,and ricotta cheese
Strozzapreti al Pomodoro fresco, basilico e ricotta 
*didn’t andre do a great job with the pasta πŸ™‚

second courses: paper thin beef with arugula, cherry tomatoes and shaves of parmesan
Straccetti di Manzo con Pachino, Rughetta e Scaglie di Parmigiano
the steak was so tender and sweet
Eggplant Parmigiana
Parmigiana di Melanzane
then a side dish: sauteed flat bean with cherry tomatoes
Fagiolini Corallo ripassati in padella

and of course DESSERT: Tiramisu

us during the meal

the entire group…a couple from Murells Inlet (SC), us, a couple from New York City, 2 friends from Estonia that just graduated from medical school, a couple from Canada, and a mom and son from Sweden
we had such a great time together!!!

my two new friends from Estonia!!!
this cooking class was amazing and one of the highlights from our trip!  Go “here” to see more about Andrea’s restaurant Le Fate and “here” for more info on his cooking classes!
and by the way…we loved this restaurant so much that we went back twice for dinner during our stay. The food was extraordinary both times!!!!
Us with Chef Andrea

and Chef’s mom with me!!!
if you are visiting Rome this is a must go place for dinner…you will not be sorry!!!
**by the way I am cooking the zucchini flowers, eggplant parmigiana, and the tiramisu tonight :)**

We are back!

We are finally back from our anniversary trip to Rome, but not with out some great stories.  We had such a great time and I will do some recaps in the coming weeks!  Everything did not go as planned but I guess that makes for good stories πŸ™‚
I have so much to catch up on.  I was a little (maybe a lot) overwhelmed when I opened up my google reader!  I also took SO many pictures that needed to be edited…that may or may not happen πŸ™‚
SO here is just a sneak peak of our trip πŸ™‚

now to get caught up on my project 52…
Week 28 – Light

Week 29 – Night
Now off to get caught up on life!

guest post: Sarah

While my husband and I are celebrating our 1st anniversary I have a line up of guest bloggers that you do not want to miss!!!
To kick start this thing is one of my favorite bloggers and will soon be one of your favorites
with out further ado…
(isn’t she just gorgeous)

Hi sweethearts.  I’m Sarah from
fairy tales are true.  I’m an expat living in Switzerland at the moment and while I love it here I try to sneak off to Italy every.chance.I.get!  Nothing compares to Italy and I’m so happy Kit is currently enjoying one of my favorite places, Roma.  Last year I was there for a wedding in Vatican City… as in, the actual Vatican.  As a girl who loves fairy tales, it was like seeing one unfold right before my eyes.  I left Rome thinking anything can happen there.  

But what about while you’re there?  What should you do?
Here’s my little “when in rome” guide, just for y’all.

So there’s my equation for a good time in Rome.  
Looking back, half of my rec’s are about eating and drinking. (:
When in Rome … indulging is necessary!
Hope you’re having a blast Kit!!

Thanks Sarah!

She really is the best…make sure you head over to her blog and start from the beginning

you will thank me πŸ™‚