Rome- Day 4 4


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Today we decided to get away from the museums and art and head for some more ruins. We took an hour train to Ostia Antica. This fortified city is supposedly comparable to Pompeii. It was once a port that was taken over by the Roman Empire. When the empire fell, so did the city. What was left was covered and persevered by mud. Immediately stepping off the train, we knew were no longer in Rome. It was eerily quiet, no tall buildings, no scooters racing you down. Instead, it was a beautiful, sea-breezy day, peaceful, quiet day. There was not much left, but with the help of Rick Steves audio guide, yet again, we were able to make mental images of what once was. We realized how close we were to the beach and decided to take the next train out to the open water. Unfortunately, we didn’t have suits, but were able to enjoy the cool, salty breeze and views.

We are staying in a fantastic B&B. Giorgio (the owner) speaks just enough English to have to strain sometimes to understand but can hold great conversations with. The B&B is in an apartment, which we are sharing with two other couples. It is very homey and Giorgio takes great care of us. When we got home (after getting lost AGAIN) Giorgio was waiting for us with HOME-MAID lemoncello! Lemoncello is 95% alcohol, lemon peels and sugar. It was thick and syrupy, but still much better than the one that I got at a local cafe. I enjoyed listening to Giorgios European adventures and take on life. Meanwhile, the balcony caddy-corner to us began a harmonious “Aquarius!!!” They were very good and provided great background ambiance. They proceeded to sing an eclectic assortment to songs the rest of the late night. It was a nice lullaby as we drifted off to sleep.

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LeAnna

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Former teacher turned blogger turned mom turned full time travel addict, LeAnna has never been one to live life by the rules. Whether she is moving to a farm in Switzerland to learn to make cheese (Yes, CHEESE), jumping off a mountain to paraglide over Cinderella castles, or taking her baby all over the world with nothing but a backpack on their backs, LeAnna designs and defines her OWN life. LeAnna, her husband Andy, and kiddo, "Lil B" love to live a minimal lifestyle, not only for the "thrill" of pinching pennies but in order to save for traveling the world. Considering over 40 countries and 90+ cities have been explored, we'd say they are doing something right!

About LeAnna

Former teacher turned blogger turned mom turned full time travel addict, LeAnna has never been one to live life by the rules. Whether she is moving to a farm in Switzerland to learn to make cheese (Yes, CHEESE), jumping off a mountain to paraglide over Cinderella castles, or taking her baby all over the world with nothing but a backpack on their backs, LeAnna designs and defines her OWN life. LeAnna, her husband Andy, and kiddo, "Lil B" love to live a minimal lifestyle, not only for the "thrill" of pinching pennies but in order to save for traveling the world. Considering over 40 countries and 90+ cities have been explored, we'd say they are doing something right!


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4 thoughts on “Rome- Day 4

  • Jenni

    Lemoncello is awesome! Fr. Ron, an Italy officianato, made some for the staff. I also love that you and Rick Steves have become such close friends. I enjoy his PBS shows. Thanks for taking us with you on your trip!

    • leanna Post author

      Jen,

      Rick and are much more than close friends (but don’t tell Andy that). Rick has been our Bible while being here! He has awesome free audio guides and Andy and I talk as if we know him personally! haha!!!! Now, my new dream in life is to meet him…possibly in Europe!?!? I would die if I ran into him on a back alley of Venice!!! We have been thinking up comments if we were to have a run in! I also love his show….being as we don’t have cable, it has been a favorite of mine during our planning stages!

  • mbrown

    Giorgio sounds like an awesome host! Magnifico! Tell him gratsi (sp?) from me for taking good care of you two! Nice that you got to the beach and away from the big city for awhile.