Rome: Round 2

WOW! It was a crazy, crazy weekend and I feel like I could write about 10 different posts to include every little bit! I may spare you a few, but there will be several posts this week from this weekend and week happenings. Basically, the rest of my time in Italy (4 weeks) is going to be absolutely nuts and jam packed! I am totally pumped!

This weekend was spent seeing all of the city’s sights for a second time, but this time I was in the company of my parents, who arrived early Saturday morning for a visit!!! We walked around for a little while and then it was absolutely time for lunch, before we had a walking tour of Rome!

Parents at lunch

Me at lunch

This restaurant was absolutely amazing, by far the best food I have had in Rome thus far! First of all, it had a beautiful view and the food was adorable and out of this world delicious! Good thing we are coming back for dinner on Friday!

Villa Borghese (big park in northern Rome)

Lunch was beautiful!

My mom had Aparagus Flan with qual eggs

I had minestrone soup, which was sooo fresh and delicious!

And ofcourse a few of these adorable and delicious rolls!

My dad had an eggplant and tomato dish that I forgot to photograph across the table, but was delish as well! We finished the meal off with a dessert that was a cake soaked in rum, with strawberries and cream. I dug in way to fast, so it went unpictured. Then they put down a plate of mini dessert bites!

I devoured this little guy!

Next came time for a few pictures on the roof top and then we were off on the walking tour!

Next stop, trevi fountain and the spanish steps

Trevi fountain

I got really thirsty on the way!

Last stop of the evening was dinner, which was wonderful as well!!!

Octopus salad with tomato and potato

Sea bass with thin sliced potatoes (they were almost like homemade chips) and tomatoes!

Dessert as usual, which was amazing!

We shared Napoleon

and mixed berries!

I had a wonderful day with my parents, but by the end of dinner it was 11:30 and they were ready for some sleep after their long trip and day! So I headed on home, but not before I got my care package from them!!!!

TLC Kashi Granola bars

A HUGE bag of reeses to share with my roommates!

And finally…… as much as I love Italian espresso and cappucino, I’ve been craving a whole cup of coffee, so my dad brought me some Starbucks VIA!!!

It was an awesome day together! I also loved the care packaged, there was supposed to be PB but they left it in the pantry, which I am pretty bummed about. However, their company is far better than any nut butter! Stay tuned for what we did on Sunday! More sightseeing, and so much fun!!!

What did you do this weekend?

First weekend in Rome

Hello All! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Needless to say after such a busy week in Rome we all pretty much crashed after some sightseeing on Saturday morning. The weekend began with a relaxing Friday evening just hanging out, and grabbing some gelato at the little store near our apartment. These people will probably get to know us the 6 weeks we are here…. it is a cute little neighborhood snack shop and the gelato is great!  I got chocolate chip, but downed it on my way back home, so sorry, no photo. We called it an early night, because we were all heading out to various places sight seeing early Saturday morning.

I woke up about 8am on Saturday and me and my friend headed to the market to stock up on some more produce!!!! Remember those awesome oranges I showed you, yea I bought some and they are AMAZING! I also stocked up on bananas, lettuce, carrots, and strawberries. All for 7 euro! I was pretty impressed and please by the prices and the quality of all the produce I got!

The rest of our Saturday turned into a ‘tourist’ day. We hit up all the tourist attractions, we had yet to see!

Next stop, the Trevi Fountain.

It was PACKED. What else would I have expected on Saturday I suppose?

We met up with some more friends and decided to head over to the Spanish Steps, and street with all the expensive shops.

The Spanish Steps were soooo crowded!

We did some window shopping

Next stop: Hard Rock Cafe Rome… I know it’s silly but we all wanted a taste of ‘home’ and of course a t-shirt! I had a chicken sandwich, because I hadn’t had much protein all week and was feeling pretty run down. It was tasty, obviously because I gulped it down before I remembered to take a picture, all this walking around in the hot sun is making me hungry 24/7! We all decided to head home and relax for the remainder of the afternoon.

Around 7:30 my tummy started to grumble and I put together an AMAZING salad from all the produce I got at the market!

Strawberries, an orange, lettuce, slivered almonds, and orange juice/olive oil as the dressing

Rome was having a thing where some of their museums were free to get into from 8pm to 2am on saturday, so we decided to head out and take a look. We headed over to the Barberini Museum.

There was a bit of a line

It was a fun experience. There were a lot of classical paintings of Christ and various Saints in this one. I enjoyed some of the depictions of stories in the bible, they were really great paintings. There was also an orchestra playing in one of the main rooms, so we sat a listened for awhile. We tried to head to another museum afterwards, but by then the lines had gotten to long, that’s what happens when you let people do stuff for free! It was 10:30, so we decided after a long day of walking all over the city, we would call it a night.

A view of the captiol building on our walk home

Sunday was purely a rest day. We all slept in late, and then me and a friend were off on a 4.5 mile run. It felt great to stretch my legs, and we found a nice park to run in so I was very happy! The remainder of the day was spent doing homework, sleeping, and skyping with the family.

On to week 2! Lots planned!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

What fun stuff do you like to do for free?

I enjoy most things that are free (I’m cheap) museums and other intellectual/cultural things are my favorite though because I wouldn’t normally pay to go those places, but I always end up having a great time!