So I feel like I need to catch up on journaling…just for posterity’s sake. Scotland was great! The view of the castle outside the window, the tattoo, the fringe festival (caught an awesome acapella group). I can’t say I soaked up as much of Scotland as I would have liked to. The bike accident left me and Char pretty beat up. I’ve never actually been injured in so many places on my body all at once.
I did manage to try the local delicacy of haggis which the lovely waitress described as “sheep awefuls”! Hahaha. Sounds appetizing right? It was actually SOOO good! Unfortunately, I spent most the trip in bed so I never got a taste of the neeps but the people of Scotland were wonderful and the town is a must re-do on my bucket list.
Off to Rome we went! A short flight, a train and a bus ride later we were on our way to our hotel when Michael realized he didn’t have his wallet. Grizwalds strike again! With all my injuries, I couldn’t carry my pack so he was loaded down with the majority of the luggage. We don’t know if it fell out while he was hoisting on all our bags or if someone pick pocketed him along the way but, whatever the case, it was gone. Despite this hiccup, we had a wonderful intro to Italy. We “roamed” around Rome and indulged in as much pizza and gelato as we possibly could.
We toured the bottom level as well as the top tier of the colosseum which the entire family really enjoyed. The enormity of the Vatican and St. Paul’s cathedral was a bit lost on the kids (as they only learned who the Pope was a day or two before the tour) but Michael and I found it fascinating. We explored the trevi fountain and the Spanish steps (although they were closed for restoration) and even squeezed in some days to lay around and relax.
We ended Rome with a train ride to a nearby beach. It’s mid August and these beach bums haven’t seen water all summer! The beach has clear Mediterranean waters and is flanked by a beautiful old castle. You must rent chairs and umbrellas to hang on the public beach but it was well worth the $20. The beach has amazing people watching and vendors selling bikinis, beach toys and snow cones. We even snacked on some semi-raw shrimp with head and eyeballs still attached (when in Rome right!?!) We had a great day relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of Rome before packing up to head to our next destination.