I've always wanted to visit Italy. My grandpap's people were from Lucca, and his family often told stories about their lives in Italy as olive oil merchants and as hunting companions of Puccini. Not sure how accurate that is, but it was certainly compelling to me.
To celebrate my husband's retirement and my retirement from our jobs, and to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, my sister put together a dream trip for us to Italy.
I can't talk about Italy without gushing like a star-struck teenage girl: Italy is beautiful. The food in Italy is magnificent. Italy is ancient. Italy is amazing.
Here are some pictures from our visit to the Colosseum in Rome.
This was the view from our apartment in Rome on our first day.
Our husbands were waiting for my sister and me to get ready for the day.
My first impression of the Colosseum: big. It's big.
It baffles me how something so big could have been built so long ago and still stand.
My second impression of the Colosseum: There were a lot of people.
Enormous lines of people who had been waiting since the sun came up to get in.
Lots of fellows offering to help you get past the long lines.
It was quite impossible.
We decided to be happy with a look from the outside.
Take a close look. See those people way, way up there.
They are working on the Colosseum.
It's a long way up there.
Would you want to work on the Colosseum?
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