What was once an annoying layover became a “free” day trip to Rome. Good and bad thing, but we made lemonade! We made the most of it as 3/5 of our party = the children had never been to Rome. We arrived in the evening to a downpour and we were wonderfully blessed with a nice late fall warmish day upon waking. Just as we were starting our return trek, we felt some rain drops; time to call it a Thanksgiving day. We were not traveling alone to Rome, we had my favorite travel guide of all time along on our trek. I’m sure many of my fellow Americans will recognize his name: Rick Steves in the form of his 2014 guide to Rome. The library is a great free resource for so many things and travel guides just happens to be one of them. I am very much a DIY traveler, but when we were at the Colosseum we had home away from home schooling moments where we learned about the epic and sad history that took place in this famous structure. We spent the day walking as I previously mentioned that Rome is a very walkable city, but be careful of the uneven cobblestones. I gave a lot of thought to our shoes before the trip and our feet didn’t suffer as a result. Some of our friends have careers with Nike since we reside in Beaverton, Oregon (world headquarters) so I’ll say that most of us were wearing Nike and they worked well. Just FYI I have never received a cent from them! Maybe someday when I increase my readership to more than 10. (wink 😉 wink 😉 )Thanks to my husband for his photography skills and that a few years ago we invested in a nice Nikon camera! Unfortunately, the onus of photography usually falls on me, but my picture taking skills are very average and old iphones don’t produce the most up to date result either.