Our Little Trip to Italy and Ireland as a Family
Our family got to visit Rome for a second time, and this time we brought our little guy along! Enjoy some of our favorite images from our trip together with us!
We landed in Rome just one day after the new Pope (Pope Francis) was selected to replace Pope Benedict.
Phoenix was super excited to be in our Roman apartment after a VERY long flight from Philadelphia.
A nice little coffee to get me going…
And Phoenix finally crashed. It took us a little while to get over the Jet Lag.
Technology is awesome. I held the entire map of Rome in my hand at all times AND it told us where we were. GPS, you’re my best friend.
We had some really great family time together. We really needed this.
Happy about the Cheeeeese! You and me both, buddy. Daddy loves his cheese!
Extra security in place with the new Pope selected.
Who needs a photographer? We can do this by ourselves.
Mommy, yours looks better than what I have. Can I have some?
Our apartment was just a few blocks away from the Trevi Fountain. If you’re looking for some really spacious and conveniently-located apartments you’ve got to check out Homes In Rome.
Meats! My favorite.
I envy this guy. I would quit my job to move in here for free food.
Phoenix made a little friend. They ran around together while we waited for the Pope to come out for his first Sunday.
St. Peter’s Square was PACKED.
We took a stroll out at night to visit some local shops and sceneries.
This is Valentino, and if you are ever near the Trevi Fountain, you’ve got to make an effort to find him! He makes the best gelato in Rome, I promise, and he’s super friendly and nice, which you won’t get much of that elsewhere. His shop is Gelateria Valentino.
Once we discovered him, we literally ate gelato at his shop every night.
Getting his fix of tunes off the iPad.
Heather and I freaking LOVE this photo! Look at that laugh!
At the top of Castel Sant’Angelo. You’re king of the world, Phoenix!
This is pretty much the greatest place in the world. If you go to Italy, you must visit Eataly. I wish they had these all over the United States. Five floors packed with all types of foods from all over the Italian provinces.
Our awesome friends from Ireland hosted us in their home for a few days. So not only did we get to enjoy Rome, but we flew north and got to visit two countries in one trip!
And it was windy!
This is the rock we brought back home for the Ireland shore. Nice pick, little guy! We of course “picked up” a couple of rocks from Rome as well… but we won’t be displaying those here 😉
Phoenix’s ciuccio almost flew away from the wind!
By this point, all this wind was blowing so much salt water onto my lens that it became nearly impossible to focus…
But that created some pretty cool effects.
Whiskey on tap!
In Ireland, the standard spirit measure was historically 1⁄4 gill. In the Republic of Ireland, it still retains this value, though it is now legally specified in metric units as 35.5 ml.
It was kind of cool to see how liquors in Ireland are served to a specific measurement. This is the equivalent of 1.2 ounces or 1/4 GILL.
I will admit that I actually bumped up the saturation and colors of all the shots we took in Ireland. Due to the weather, the scenery was not actually this bright when we visited.
And it’s true what they say about Guiness… It tastes SO much better in Ireland.
Back to Rome, where people drive like crazy and restaurants sit you on the streets, inches away from traffic.
Street vendor at night.
This is Orlando. We bought a beautiful painting from him. If you’re ever in Rome, please go visit him and buy art from him. He’s extremely cordial and friendly, and his artwork is fantastic.
It wasn’t until our second to last night that we finally found a Neapolitan style pizza place in Rome! Our trip could now be considered complete.
Don’t cry, Phoenix. Hopefully we’ll be back soon!