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We loved chaotic Rome. But I will admit, we were also exhausted from the constant noise (revving Vespas at night were the worst) and general city chaos. With one day left, we tied up loose ends by revisiting the Trevi Fountain, climbing the Spanish Steps and wandering off into the quiet and rejuvenating Borghese Gardens. […]

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Beautiful blue sky, nothing but Roman ruins sprawled in front of me and I was in love with Rome all over again. As we stood within the Forum, I tried to absorb as much of the Roman marble and brick my mind could consume. But I knew a few hours weren’t long enough to fully […]

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I woke up with a sore throat, stuffy nose and clouded head. I slept all morning, Ada continued her shower drumming and Aaron took care of us both. We left the house after lunch, made a quick visit to St. Peter’s square and continued on to the Trevi Fountain (for Ada) and a quest to […]

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I awoke to thunder shaking the windows. I thought of the ancient Romans sleeping through similar storms and went back to sleep. The rain trapped us within our small abode for most of the day. Ada was delighted.  She celebrated by drumming against the shower stalls, squealing with joy at the echoed rattles. She transformed […]

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Our second day of sightseeing began at noon. Not ideal. Traveling with a toddler means small tasks such as eating breakfast, getting dressed, packing the day-bag, take twice as long. By the time we stumbled out of the apartment, the air smelled of imminent rain, I was impatient and annoyed. I soon discovered that these […]

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While buzzed of birra we happily followed Ada through the piazza, while she stalked unsuspecting pigeons and tried todig cigarettes from the cobblestones. Feeling recharged and excited to explore in our final hours of our first day, we continued on and found Rome’s greatest monument. With Ada sleeping in the backpack and Aaron and I […]

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Something funny happens to me when I travel. I get annoyed at all the tourists. Forgetting that, you know, I am one, too. Since I studied the Italian language on flash cards and read history books and studied current events — it made me a local. It made me…okay, I’ll admit it: better then the […]

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My everyday Mom duties followed to Rome. When I woke up that first morning, my first thought was: we need to go grocery shopping. We chose an apartment over a hotel because the kitchen gave us an option of eating breakfast or dinner without the stress of a restaurant (essential option during those temperamental toddler […]

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The most feared part of traveling with a child: the plane. I dreaded the irritated glares from fellow passengers watching me carry my toddler onto their ten hour flight. I needed a plan to keep my daughter (and us) comfortable. I chose a flight near her bedtime, brought lots of new little toys, snacks and most […]

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I was a restless stay-at-home Mom. I enjoyed my daily routine of nursing, changing diapers and stroller rides around town. But the repetitiveness of the everyday began to overwhelm the joy. I needed something more, something exciting. I had a growing, insistent urge to break-out of my new, kid-centered life and reconnect with the real […]

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