Friday, May 31, 2013

Amsterdam

On Brian's birthday we flew to Amsterdam so we could end the trip with a bang before flying home. Amsterdam was such a fun way to end the trip. We started Brian's birthday with a birthday Cannoli at the Rome Airport:


Here we are coming into Amsterdam and you can see the irrigation system, which is really neat


We did some sightseeing and a walking tour with our trusty Rick Steve's app:










Apparently the Wall Street of the European stock trade is here!


We loved the fries! ... Especially when hung over...


The whole town seemed to be connected by town houses. 


They had urinals on the corners.  One of the two of us loved this...


Then we went out and celebrated, and I mean celebrated, Brian's birthday. Happy 28th Babe :)




The next day we did more sightseeing, we took a canal tour:






Went to the markets and a windmill:












We finished off with the Anne Frank House tour. It was incredible to walk through their annex and be where Anne was when she was writing the book that I read the book 15 yrs ago. 


Or trip was unforgettable and we made the most of every day, even every hour, that we had. We were worn out and ready to use a washing machine.... But we had so much fun. Such great memories and I couldn't imagine a better person to spend these great 17 days with than my husband :)

Time for our next adventure ;)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rome

On the way to Rome! High speed train with our own cubby. So fancy :)


The next morning we got up early to go see the Pope! It was a little rainy, but there were still so many people. Thousands upon thousands. Lots of people of all ages and lots of school children. at the end of the service, the kids all chanted "Papa Francesco" it was so neat.









After seeing the Pope, we went to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colloseum. It was incredible to see the ruins and be walking in history.  






The hill with all the palaces:



The arena


Caesar's tomb!






The Romans would ride their chariots through here on the way to the Colosseum or the Roman Forum during their "Victory Lap."















Then we went to the Trevi Fountain and tossed in our coins, made a wish, and got some gelato :) 






Did you know they serve wine by the liter in Rome? Love it!



The next day we went back to the Vatican and toured inside the museum and St Peter's Basilica. There was a thunder storm while we were inside, and that was so neat!




















Again with our Rick Steve's app.









Then we climbed to the top of the basilica :)








And we finished our time in Rome by having more wine and great food!







The next day was Brian's birthday and so we had another early morning to head over to Amsterdam.