My love affair with Italy begins…

I cannot wipe the smile off my face and I kept pinching myself as we drove around the beautiful city of Rome in the night, where the streets are calm and the ancient buildings stood ever so majestically. For those of you who don’t know, this has been my dream journey. The one I planned so many times, the one I postponed so many times, the one I never had the money. But I am here, I am finally here and I couldn’t have asked for a better start.

First thing first, we stopped for true Italian style espresso at the locals’ favorite bar, Il Pappagallo, where I honestly had the best coffee I have ever had. This was topped off with a visit to almost magical and very romantic ‘Gianicolo‘ and ‘piazza Garibaldi‘ where you have amazing views of the city center and I didn’t want to leave.

No my dream doesn’t end there. Then we drive in to St.Peter’s square, and I think my heart skipped a beat. It was almost deserted and St.Peters Basilica stood in front of us like nothing I have ever seen. I took a deep breath. The architecture, the atmosphere, the smell of coffee in the air and gelateria’s open past midnight was the perfect end to the beginning of an amazing journey!

And so my love affair with Italy begins….

p.s – please bare with me as I am going to be posting a LOT about Italy in the coming weeks. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “My love affair with Italy begins…

  1. I know exactly how you feel about Italy. In 2004 I left Australia for a year to travel with my daughter who was 9yrs old at the time. We were meant to spend 2 weeks in Italy but a month later we were still there…Pure love…enjoy your journey and keep posting 🙂

  2. U were supposed to keep me updated & now its ur travel partner who is actually doing it…..!Upload pics from Venice soon!

  3. I know what you mean about Italy – it was my first love, a great and enduring love I’ve been conducting since I first stepped onto the boot in 1972. But you know how sometimes people become infatuated with the most inappropriate people, even if they’re happily married? Well something happened between me and Sri Lanka when I first came, twenty years ago and since then I have to admit to two-timing Lanka with my old flame Venice – any time she calls, it seems, I’ll move heaven and earth to get to her, if just for a while.

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