Thursday, July 15, 2010

We're HOME

Hello everyone.

It has been well over a month since I last posted, but DH, Terry and I are home from Italy and France.

Terry had been invited to make a presentation at a conference that was held at the university in Cassino, Italy.

Our trip was wonderful, we were gone for 3 weeks, a few days at our niece's college graduation, just over a week in Italy and then on to France.

I never thought I would see Rome or Paris in my lifetime!!! I am so glad that we had this opportunity.

I posted only a few pictures - I took over 1100!!!!

Terry and I in front of the Vatican standing in St Peter's square.
Michelangelo's Pieta - Michelangelo was only 25 when he created this sculpture in 1499.
Piazza Navona - Bernini's Fontana del Quattro Fiumi (fountain of the 4 great rivers of that time - Nile, The Plate, The Ganges and the Danube.
Trevi Fountain
Mount Vesuvius in the background of Pompeii.
The Abbey of Montecassino - sits atop a mountain above the city of Cassino. Known as the Cradle of Christianity and of European civilization. Was destroyed by the Allies during WW II, but the house of San Benedetto was rebuilt. This Abbey has quite a history and a incredible WW II cemetery.
View of Cassino as we drove up the mountain to the Abbey.
View from our hotel room in Cassino.
Now we are in Paris - can you tell!! The Eiffel Tower. This is amazing to see.Arc de Triomphe.
After a long day for sightseeing and walking - we walked so much on the trip!!! We ate and drank and never put on any weight - the weather was also HOT.

A nice cold beer at the Fouquet Cafe on the Champs Elysees.
The Louvre - spectacular!! We spent the whole day here and still didn't see it all.
The Mona Lisa-Leonardo da Vinci - I was able to get about 5 people deep to see this, but not any closer. Still think I got a great photo. This painting is not at all large as one would think. It is lovely.
Thank you for staying with this long post, but I wanted to share with you some of the highlights that DH, Terry and my experiences. I will occasionally post other photos and adventures.



Gillie said...

So glad you had a good time - I was in Italy as a teenager (!) and enjoyed Rome so much and especially Pompei.

Margaret said...

I'm so glad you had a good time! A trip of a lifetime for sure. Thanks for the lovely pictures!

Katrina said...

Love the pictures! So glad you had such a good time and got to see so many wonderful things!!!

Brigitte said...

Oh Roberta, what a wonderful trip to Europe. Italy and France are such interesting countries and I'm glad that you were enjoying your trip so much. You will have most precious memories.

Melanie said...

Great pictures!!!!! Nice to hear you had such a great time. :) I hope to go there too one day.

Edgar said...

Some super snaps of your trip!!

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures Roberta! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. It must have been an amazing experience.

beeinstitches said...

So glad to hear that you are home and had a great time - like that would be difficult going to France and Italy!!! It's been pretty hot here, so you haven't missed much. ha-ha! Spent a day in Savannah yarn shopping last month and thought of you - I was in Georgia! Hopefully you got a little stitching or knitting done on your trip. I'm sure there was LOTS to inspire you.

Myra said...

Welcome back! Thank you for sharing your pictures. I think it is so cool that your were able to see the Mona Lisa and take a picture of her too.

mainely stitching said...


angelasweby said...

Welcome back Roberta :>)
What fantastic photos. In fact, the whole trip must have been like a dream come true. You definitely got the very best out of every place you visited. Thanks for sharing it with us :>)
Angela xx

Colleen said...

Welcome Home. Good to hear that you had an awesome time. Pictures are beautiful and thank you for sharing. Oh, to be standing in front of the Pieta and so close to Mona Lisa, I'm sure it was like a dream.
Again, thanks for sharing something so exciting.

hazel c UK said...

So nice to see your photos Roberta and pleased you and Terry had a wonderful time. you certainly packed a lot into your three weeks. I remember seeing the Effiel Tower with my DGS when he was about 7 (17 years ago) and he stood in awe of it.

Hazel (UK)

Carolien said...

Hello Roberta,

How nice you are back safe and sound! I am glad you had a nice time in Europe.
Next month we will go to Rome for 2 days and I look forward to it.

Take care & hugs, Carolien

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful trip Roberta!

woolwoman said...

loved seeing your photos roberta - sorry I missed meeting you in person in Columbus on friday. maybe another time we will meet.

Raven/Missy said...

What a wonderful trip! I would love to visit Paris some day. I am very glad you got the chance to visit the places you have been wanting to see. It looks like you had a blast!

Fran├žoise said...

Wonderfull pictures Roberta
Welcome back
Kisses from France

Jeanne said...

I had fun viewing your photos Roberta - brought back lots of memories from trips I've had. I too was surprised when I finally got to see the Mona Lisa and see how small she is after being so world-famous! When I visited the Trevi Fountains they were doing repairs and no water was in it - darn!! So that's why all my wishes have not come true LOL.

Solstitches said...

Wonderful pictures and special memories of your trip.
I'm glad you enjoyed every minute of it.