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buongiorno, roma!

beautiful elaborate church ceilingdomed church ceilingI suppose I’ll just introduce this nonchalantly… I’m in Rome for the weekend!

Katie, one of my best friends from high school, is studying abroad in Roma. How could I pass up this opportunity to visit? Now I get to add Italy to my growing list of places I’ve been… it’s wonderful to have that list grow. Every time I get to a new place I feel like I learn so much instantly! I witness the new culture and the language and the scene, and my brain grows in a direction it never knew existed. It’s a phenomenal feeling.

So here’s day 1 of my little trip. I flew in, successfully navigated their public transportation system (with a few delays), and then we headed out to explore her little corner of the city. There are gorgeous churches on every street, so each time we came across one we’d stop in and marvel at the architecture and the extravagant decorations. It’s simply amazing that there are so many of them and each is unique and so beautiful.

real italian cappuccino - basically the greatest thing ever

I got to have my first real Italian cappuccino, which was pretty close to heaven on earth. The coffee was so perfect and flavorful, and the foamed milk gave it just enough balance.

yarn graffiti makes an appearance in rome!

I was so excited to come across this knit graffiti in Rome! Of course, we already know how giddy I get over knit graffiti, but to see it on the other side of the ocean was pretty neat.

bead shop in rome with baubles hanging outside

inside a bead shop in rome, baubles dangling from the ceiling

We found a pretty bead shop (one of a few) and spent quite some time oohing and aahing over the beautiful & diverse assortment of handmade beads. Beads are probably my favorite thing to buy when I go to a new place. They’re small, easy to pack, they tell a story about the place, and I get a craft and an accessory out of them. So fun. I loved all the glass baubles that were hanging from the ceiling of this shop! It had a very relaxed & creative atmosphere.

colorful row of houses in rome

It seems that half of the houses in Rome are orange or yellow. I just love these colors, especially against their backdrop of perfectly blue sky. I also love all the shutters, the balconies, and all the extra little details. So many pretty things.

day 7: time to go

farewell, dear europe,
your pastries will be fondly
recalled in my heart.

heart-shaped danishes

indoor part of fancy german swimming pool

schlosshotel clock tower

rear view of the schlosshotel kronberg

Staying in the most awesome hotel ever also got us into the most awesome pool ever. Part of a recreation center, this pool was half indoor and half outdoor, heated and surrounded by mountains. The indoor part (in the picture) was for laps, but outside was awesome with jets on the walls and huge water sprayers that you could just sit under. There was also a small whirlpool thing that we had a good time floating around.

Then we said goodbye to darling Schlosshotel and headed to the airport, but stopped by a grocery store first to pick up some take-home goodies. Lots and lots of chocolate was procured. We grabbed our last European pastries of the trip from the bakery in the front of the store… the heart-shaped cheese danishes with strawberries were incredible.

After that it was just us being super early to the airport, then boarding the plane, saying goodnight, and flying back in time.

day 6: schlosshotel kronberg

even rapunzel
would have difficulty with
a tower this high.

little german house

Schlosshotel kronberg

Schlosshotel Kronberg out the room window

german playground

We left France and drove rapidly down the Autobahn back towards Frankfurt. For our last night in Europe, we stayed at Schlosshotel Kronberg, a castle built in 1889 and transfigured into a hotel in 1954. It was breathtaking. The grounds were beautiful, with tons of trees and a huge, phenomenal golf course. We had a room on the top floor, and I felt like a princess in a tower!

We unloaded the car and then walked the mile or so into town (Wiesbaden) to find some dinner. We ended up eating at a place called Grun Gans, which means Green Goose in German. We did not, however, eat any geese.

We walked back by an alternate route, and found a large park area with a walking path and lots of grass. Then, to my and my brothers’ delight, we found a playground! It had good swings, a treefort-like play area, and a decent zipwire. We were happy.

We walked the rest of the way to our gorgeous hotel and spent the night feeling like royalty.