I thought I knew what jet lag was. I've travelled across the United States which is, after all, one of the few countries that has many different time zones. I've gone through the drill of figuring out time differences one coast to the other. Had fun travelling North to Alaska and South to Florida as well as all along the California Coast.

But let me tell you-- you don't know jet lag until you hop a flight one morning and end up in a foreign country the next. And, really, you don't know where that first day really went. All day I've caught myself saying "last night I..." only to realize that that was NOT last night but two nights ago. If you're confused yet, just imagine how I feel!

Overall, I had good flights. Both my domestic flight into Dulles and the international one to Rome arrived 30 minutes early. Have you ever heard of a flight getting in early? It's a delightful first for me too!

After waiting for our shuttle bus, we all took to our rooms, getting freshened up and went downstairs for lunch at the hotel. And boy do the Italians know how to do a meal! Both were three course meals and do you know what they have for their appetizers? Pasta. Now that's what I call a meal!

Luckily we do enough walking that hopefully I won't become even more of a chunky chunk than I already am. Our first little trip was a stroll up the street to the Vatican. I can't even tell you how amazing it was! Ceasar's Palace in Vegas doesn't hold a candle.

So much to share and so little space! So here are some pictures to summarize the rest of the day!
Some of the statues from Bernini's work in the St. Peter's sqare (many more to come!)

We get to Rome and what's the first thing we have to do? Yup... check facebook!
(These are my roomies in Rome Madison, Mackenzie, and Laycie)

Our group walking through Rome

This is the "sweet" place we were treated to Gelatos...

And this is mine.. one scoop mint, one nutella (for all those Nutella fans, this rocked!!!) I'm a big fan. If there were a fan button on facebook for gelato... I would push it.


All of us enjoyed the gelato.

And last, but not least, the view from our balcony. That's the dome of the St. Peter's Basilica. B-E-A-utiful!

Until later! Ciao!


  1. Soooo amazing! And of COURSE you must check Facebook. Facebook is life, dontcha know! :-)

  2. Marie! Boy do I know how you feel with the whole jet-lag thing. But I am so jealous of you right now--jet-lag and all. I sure miss Rome, and hope you love it as much as I did. *if you're near the Vatican again and want some really good gelato go to "OLD BRIDGE" it is just outside the wall on the side closest to the metro stop Ottaviano. Ask around. (esp. Italians) People know. It's the best. I can't wait to see more of your trip!

  3. Wow what an adventure for you, I am so happy for you! Take in every precious moment (I know you will)

  4. Thanks guys! And I'll look for it Natalie! For sure!

  5. How did the ipod work. Yeah, you're welcome...

  6. I LOVE THE PICTURES!!!! Bring me back some gelato too. I am jealous too. Dancing Through the Decades went well today and tomorrow is the big day. But I will be thinking of you and what you are doing. I looked at your itinerary last night at 11:30 and realized that at that very minute you were probably landing in Rome. But now you told me you were 30 minutes early, so that messes up that whole sychronized moment thing. Have a blast and do not talk to Italian men! Love mom