November 18, 2014

rome | part one: the colosseum


i'm back! life has been one constant rush since i got home two weeks ago. i started two new jobs, had baby showers i was hosting, family visiting from our of state. it's been chaos! but more on all of that later.  it's time to relive a little. :) :) i hope you guys don't mind lots of lots of europe pictures for the next couple posts!

arriving in rome was like a dream. everything was so quintessentially italian. the women loudly chatting in italian. couples sipping their cafe outside, people watching. even the trees are just like you'd imagine. we walked around dreamy eyed most of that day (could also have been because we were running on zero hours of sleep in the last twenty-four. haha)

that first evening in rome was one of my favorites. the colosseum was a fifteen minute walk from our apartment, but we decided to take the longer route and get a little lost.
it was amazing.
there are huge, magnificent ruins and ancient buildings around every corner. and every twisty little street is lined with bright colored buildings.

looking back at these pictures, i still can't believe i was there. in rome. looking at the colosseum.
i mean, what the what?!
when we finally got there, it was about an hour away from closing time, which was *perfect* because there was hardly anyone there. you guys, stepping inside the colosseum has been on my bucket list since forever. (maybe not forever...more like since i first saw russel crowe battle it out inside of it. haha) i just kept walking around thinking "this cannot be real life. i'm standing in the colosseum. this has to be a dream."

amber and i walked around inside until there were only a handful of people left inside and then we sat and watched the sun set until it closed and we were being ushered out. it was magical.

if i could recommend anything about travelling, it's to go close to closing time. i hadn't even thought about that until the wonderful marla suggested it. definitely leave enough time to see around without feeling rushed, but don't go right when it opens either. (that's when all the tourists do things) it's so much more relaxing closeer to closing time because there aren't *thousands* of people swarming about.

anyways, that was day one of our trip. :) i have loooads more to show you guys!



 ***all pictures taken with an iphone 6 and edited with vsco***





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17 comments on "rome | part one: the colosseum"

  1. yessss. so good. not only do I not mind more photos of Europe, I am totally expecting them :) and this makes me wish Italy was on our agenda for our little trip to Europe next May - I'll just have to go again, of course!

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    1. Ooooh! Where are you going in May?!

      And yes, you'll just have to plan another trip! :):)

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  2. ahhhh rome!!!! I loved the colosseum as well, it's absolutely incredible. did you make it to the vatican? hope so! glad you're back and looking over your photos- it's one of the best parts of traveling :)

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    1. Yes! It's almost surreal being there. You see it on tv and in books so it just feels so crazy to actually be there!

      Oh yes! I'm loving reliving my trip via the pictures. :)

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  3. these photos are DREAMY. glad you had a fun trip!!

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  4. Rome! It's been almost 10 years since I was there last. I miss it so much. These images make me want to go back so badly

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    1. Me too! I'm already itching to go back so badly!

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  5. ahhh these pictures are wonderful! im excited to hear about the rest of your trip :)

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  6. I HAVE BEEN WAITING ON THESE POSTS!! EEEEKKK
    so excited to see them all.
    this was beautiful.
    and i am harboring some travel envy ;)

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    1. Thanks, Amy!!! I'm probably going to dragging these posts out for a while so I can relive it for as long as possible. Haha

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  7. GORGEOUS photographs!! And I know what you mean about looking at your pictures and being unable to believe that you were actually there. Also I'm so so so happy my advice did you good!!! It makes the whole thing so much more magical when you aren't being overwhelmed by other tourists. Also photos turn out better without others there lol.

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    1. Yes! I agree! Totally worth going towards closing. So much more relaxing. You are so awesome for all the advice. :)

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  8. Oh my my! Girl I love this post! So happy you and your sister had a great time. I stalked you on your IG account and cannot wait to see more posts. Especially Paris. Oh la la!!

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    1. Eeee! Thanks, Jaclyn!! I'm looking forward to the Paris pictures the most. Everything there was just so quintessentially Paris!! ❤️❤️

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  9. Rome is also one of my fav Travel destinations! I saw a lot of europe.. but so less of Italy!
    Wonderfull pics!

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