Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Break Part Six: A dramatic ending to our Rome trip

Our last day in Rome was on the official 150th anniversary of the country . . . so almost every Roman had the day off to celebrate.  Unfortunately, it meant a lot of shops and attractions were closed.  Luckily, Vatican City does not count as Italy, so we went there for a while.  We walked around St. Peter's Square and Basilica.  The Basilica was full of an amazing amount of art, statues, and Popes' tombs. Afterwards we had some gelato (a good lunch if I do say so myself).  We tried to go souvenir shopping, but weren't having much luck.  Then, disaster.  The cobblestone streets were very slippery and in all the rain I slipped and fell and sprained my ankle.  I heard it pop and knew it would not be good, so a kind waiter let us sit in a cafe for a while until a taxi took us back to the hotel.  We ate dinner at the hotel, had delicious gnocchi and watched some Italian TV (didn't understand a word but still fun).  The next day we almost missed our flight, literally running through the airport on a sprained ankle made me feel like I was in a reality show or something.  No thanks to the badly organized airport and United Airlines, we managed to make it home.  We didn't get any souvenirs, but that's just an excuse to go back someday!  The videos of our last day are better than the photos, but I will have to save my movie editing for another day.

St. Peter's Square
The statues looking down on the square

The statues looking down on the square
We were excited to find a Space Invader tag, it was on a building facing the Spanish Steps
oh the sprain

1 comment:

Jen said...

Melissa I LOVE that picture of you! So so pretty :) Bummer about your ankle. But overall, sounds like you had a great trip! Glad to hear it!