Detroit, Amsterdam and Rome

Our Roman Holiday started in Detroit.  Yeah… really.  If you ever have a layover in Detroit, make sure you are hungry!  You’ll want to stop at Sora Sushi and get yourself a bowl of noodles.  Especially if you’ve ever spent time in China and you MISS the big bowls of noodle soup.  Do it!  While we were eating, Bella had protracted conversation with a table of people from Beijing.  By the end of the meal, they had gifted her with a beautiful bracelet and thanked her for loving China.  It is these experiences that lead me to just “let my kids do the talking” because they always charm the people we meet.

Our flight from Detroit to Amsterdam was uneventful.  I have never been the type of mom that brings DVD players on flights for my kids, but that doesn’t matter any more because the airlines provide it.  I have mixed feelings about it because my girls have always done so well flying without mind numbing entertainment.  We slept, read and finally gave in and everyone watched a movie of their choice.

The stop in Amsterdam wasn’t long enough to do anything but grab a postcard for the girl’s journals and a wooden shoe pencil sharpener.  Oh, the memories!  Ha ha!

Our next flight was spectacular!  We flew over the Alps and enjoyed every minute of what Eleanor called the “meringue mountains.”  We even spotted something we didn’t expect to find.  Can you see it in the second photo?

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After landing at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, we took the train and a bus to get to our hotel.  We stayed at the Sheraton and our entire stay was included in the price of our airline tickets.  (Travel tip:  Stay in one location, get to know people and save on your hotel by packaging it with your airline tickets!)  The hotel was close to the subway which greatly reduced our transportation costs for a family of 6!

After we settled in the hotel we decided to do some exploring to keep everyone awake.  We headed to the Colosseo Metro stop and landed in the middle of it all!  Our first objective was food because we’d only had airline fair for the last 24 hours.  That is when we found Ristorante Massenzio Ai Fori.  It would become our favorite place to eat and the staff would become our friends.  (This is one reason I love staying in one spot while we travel!)  By the time we left Italy they were greeting us with kisses, teasing the girls, and even gave us a parting gift of a beautiful pasta serving dish.

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After lunch we stopped at got some Gelato at La Doce Vita (just across the street from Massenzio) and then wandered down Via Dei Fori Imeriali.  From this street you can see the Colosseum, parts of the Roman Forum, the Forum of Augustus, the Altar of the Fatherland, and so much more.  From there it is a short walk to the Trevi Fountain.

Everywhere you turn in Italy is a photo op!

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Our coin toss is on video that I haven’t down loaded yet.  I’ll post it when I do.