Sick Day…and Spanish Steps!

Despite using On Guard and taking Airborne, our littlest ended up sick on our first night.  She started coughing and ran a fever all night.  Not a great way to start a vacation.  At about 2 a.m. we turned off all the alarm clocks and decided to just let everyone sleep.  We finally got up around 9 or 10.  Eric took Chloe & Eleanor to Carrefour (oh, the memories) while I spent time with Meg and administered more oils, vitamins and let her sleep some more.  Eric brought back bread (oh my, the bread!), fruit, cheese, nutella and jam.  It made an excellent brunch and after some food Meg decided that she felt good enough to go out for the rest of the day. I won’t bore you with more about our illness during this trip, except to say that all of the girls ended up with a wet cough.  Thank heavens for the On Guard that I brought along because it helped everyone stop coughing long enough to get a good nights sleep each night!  We are totally sold on oils, though we will continue to buy them from friends rather than join an MLM. I am very sorry to say that most of my photos from this afternoon and evening out did not turn out.  I don’t know what  happened, but some setting was messed  up and I couldn’t figure it out.  The only thing I know is that my 50mm and  my zoom did not work at all. I was getting an error message and couldn’t get it to reset.  So, I made do with what I had and by the next day, the “error” message was gone.  Camera gremlins. Our first stop was for dinner.  By the time we left the hotel, took the bus (for the last time) and arrived at the Colosseum we were hungry again, and oh so grateful to know exactly where to go. DSC_0070

A quick stop at the Colosseum before dinner.

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 This is  potato encrusted sea bass.  This recipe is the closest I can find.  It was perfect!

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And of course, you can’t leave Italy without a lobster spaghetti.

After dinner, we headed to the Piazza del Popolo.  We took Rick Steve’s suggestion to walk down the shopping street from the Piazza to the Spanish Steps to enjoy the nightlife.  It was just as wonderful as we had hoped.  Italy is alive in the early evening and the fact that most of the stores are closed didn’t bother us (or the others) a bit.  Most people were out enjoying the perfect weather for a walk or a leisurely meal.

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This photo is really blurry, but what do you think of our “photo bomber?”

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 On the shopping street we found a chocolatier, and with this crowd, it was a must see!

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Rome wouldn’t be Rome without a chocolate pizza, no?

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Or a Chocolate iPad cover.

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How about chocolate pasta?

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The cutest girls on the block!

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Sidewalk art to die for!

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Best friends!

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And finally, the Spanish Steps… and one last ditch attempt at using my favorite lens…  it wouldn’t focus, oh well.