Here is an acoustic version of “Surprising Myself”, co-written by Brian Matson, in my living room. Enjoy!!
Our final day was spent on a day trip out to Orvieto and then Assisi. We almost didn’t go because it started at 6:00AM and lasted all day. Once again, we were so glad we did! Both locations were beautiful! You can see the photos at my facebook page, along with photos of our entire trip. I hope you enjoy!!
This was, for me, the highlight of the trip! We thought we were going on a group tour to see the highlights of Rome. When we went down to the lobby to meet the group, there was one person there. It was our tour guide. We didn’t realize that our travel agent booked a private tour for us. We’re so glad she did!
Our tour guide was Giovani, who has a master’ degree in archeology and has been a part of the digs in some of the Roman ruins. We basically had our very own intense and in depth live episode of the travel channel, in one full day.
There was no waiting in lines for entrance to any of the sites. All that was prearranged. We visited the Coloseum, The Forum ruins, the Vatican Museum, The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain and The Pantheon.
It took seven hours and, weirdly enough, we were feeling energized when the day ended.
We took a cab back to the hotel, ate a delicious Italian meal at a family run restaurant and then got to bed early for another tour. WOW!
The flight from Paris to Rome was, thankfully, uneventful. We drove past the Colosseum, which is larger than I would have guessed. We arrived at our hotel, settled in…and took a nap…don’t judge! 🙂
After the we ventured out to meet Steve’s friend and coworker Ashley with her travel group at the Trevi Fountain.
We then walked to a bar and enjoyed way too much Chianti!
Thursday is our walking tour of Rome.
Day four began with a very long line at the Musee D’Orsay, where many of the French impressionist paintings are displayed. It was well worth the wait! The building itself, a former train station, is a work of art. So much beauty in one building. We spent most of the morning and early afternoon enjoying the works of Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin, Manet, Seurat and many, others.
Because we spent so much time there, we decided to skip Versailles (I know!) and we went back to Montmartre for some food and souvenir shopping.
Now, we are all packed and ready for our flight to Rome in the morning.
By the way, Have I mentioned how much wine we’ve been drinking? LOTS!! Vive La France!
Most of the day was spent at The Louvre. Wow! We need a week just for this one museum! So, we prioritized and limited ourselves to the Denon wing. It houses the Mona Lisa, the Venus Di Milo and some of the most amazing paintings. In a brush with fame, we walked right past Howie Mandel in the Mona Lisa room. He looked like he was over the huge crowd trying to see the painting. I heard him say that he needed to get out of there.
After The Louvre, my ass was worn out! Seriously, my ass, my legs, my lower back…all worn out!! Guess what’s coming next? Yes, an afternoon nap!
After the nap, we took the metro down to the Arc De Triomphe and climbed the 200 plus stairs to the top. After I got my heart rate down, we enjoyed some amazing views of the Paris lights.
A nice walk down the Champs Élysées and dinner at at cozy bistro finished out a great day!
Day two started with a minivan tour of the city. It was only seven people and the tour guide. He showed us all the main sites and we got a better sense of the city. Then back to our room for a quick nap.
We then walked to the Hotel Des Invalides. It was a military hospital and is now a museum which houses Napoleon’s tomb. Then back to our room for another quick nap.
For dinner, we went to Montmartre, which is what what you would imagine Paris to look like. It has the narrow cobbled stone streets, filled with shops and cafes. We ate delicious food at a small restaurant, drank French wine, and walked through the large Basilica of the sacred heart (Sacre Coeur) during the Palm Sunday services.
On the way back, we had trouble finding our hotel…again. Are you noticing a couple of patterns here?
My husband Steve and I are on our 20th Anniversary vacation to Paris and Rome! Yes, 20 looong years! We had an overnight flight from Atlanta and arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:30 AM Paris time. We had very little sleep on the plane and just wanted a quick nap before venturing out. Well…it turned into a 4 hour nap that was very much needed.
Then we were off to the Eiffel Tower to see it in all it’s wonder. And, wonderful it was! Steve is freaking out about the inevitable climb up. I can’t wait to see the view!
Dinner was a delicious salad with artichoke heart, Avocado, egg and tomato. Then, we got lost on the way back to th hotel, circling around for what seemed like an externity. Finally, we got good directions from another hotel’s front desk, turned the corner, and found our way back!
Tomorrow, we start with a bus tour and then on to some museums.
I’m working at Gay Days Orlando and after work, enjoying some great food. Tonight, it was a great Italian restaurant Ciao Italia on Westwood.