March 2014 in beautiful Rome
Rome is beautiful and noisy and magical and messy and fun and life is in the streets. We love it! March was a good time to visit as the weather was nice but not too hot, walking round the city in July and August is not fun!
Here are some of the things we did.
We travelled by train, 4 trains in 24 hours, the boys seemed happy with it all. This is the Eurostar lounge in London.
The sleeper train Paris to Verona, I put one of the mattresses on the floor for Reuben as we were worried he’d fall off the bunk.
The square near my mum’s in Rome, Isaac liked to come here once a day to chase the pigeons, look at the fountain and just generally run around.
There are so many green spaces and parks (called Villa) we were spoiled for choice, we attempted one a day.
The groovy rock fountain in the nearest (and favourite) playground.
No more ruins please!!!! My mother lives near the Coliseum and Forum so we did see a lot of them.
My mum’s front door.
Beautiful Villa Ada.
We went to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition while we were there, it was very intense and sad and beautiful. And I’m glad we booked in advance as the queues (under the rain) were long.
We made full use of the fountains Rome is famous for, for drinking and shoe washing.
The very cool Explora museum for children, this is our 4th visit over the years.
More fun at Explora, we also visited Technotown which is the centre for technology and science in Rome for children. Rome has a lot to offer to home educated children, it’s not just sight seeing.
Reuben counted over 30 ice cream flavours, he only wanted vanilla! But he still asked to come here every day.
We stalked President Obama for a few hours! He was here on an official visit and we thought we might spot him. Not a chance. He drove into the Coliseum in his car.
The centre of Rome by night. I managed a walk on my own and remembered how lively (and safe) the evenings are here.
Terrible photo as the boys (you can also see my sister with her son) tore through Castel Sant Angelo at high speed. This is the castle connected to the Vatican, the boys loved it! Reuben learnt a lot about building techniques over the ages as we saw sections of walls from Roman, Medieval and more modern times.
Peace and Love from the top of the castle, the Vatican is just behind him.
And the castle had a park and playground in the moat!!!
The boys playing at my dad’s 70th birthday party.
Back on the sleeper train to get home.
Arriving into Paris.