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April 19, 2017 at 6:30 am by Angela

Whilst some of the best moments in my life have been experienced since becoming a mother, my best holiday memory is years before Little H was even a thought or a plan. One day I genuinely hope that a family holiday will claim the Top Memory Spot, but we’ve had mixed success with holidays to date. So for now, my favourite holiday memory is from when Sam and I went to Rome in 2011. Until that point I had never made it to Italy despite Rome being one of the few places I was desperate to see with my own eyes. The Roman Civilisation is one of two that has fascinated me since my childhood (the other is the Egyptians…if you’re interested!) and expectations when we boarded that plane were incredibly high.

When I think back on our three-day visit to Italy’s capital there is one very specific moment which comes to mind. The first morning we woke in the city, there was one single site I insisted we see first: the Colosseum. We set off on foot from our hotel and our route took us through a small park. As I climbed a small hill, it suddenly appeared on the horizon. No picture or film I’d seen prepared me for seeing that immense building reveal itself to me. It was so impressive and dominating. That single moment quite genuinely took me back in time.

Rather than just wander round on our own or use an audio guide, we paid for a tour. We were shown round by an archeologist, native to Rome and with a long-time obsession with the Colosseum. We learnt so many fascinating things about the building, how it was used and what has happened to it over the years. Even standing there it was impossible to imagine what it was like packed to the rafters with people and animals. In my head I was playing through scenes from Gladiator but the guide was onto me, and others, and pointed out where the film was and wasn’t accurate to history. One reality check she have us was that there is no proof that the ‘Thumbs up / Thumbs down’ thing they do in the film was real Roman behaviour.

Whilst I was saddened to ultimately leave the Colosseum, Rome was absolutely packed with history; so packed in fact that it was very easy to become blasé about it! We tried our best not to be though and during the 3 days we were there we saw so many things: The Trevi Fountain (in the day and at night), St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, Terme di Caracalla (the ruins of a huge Roman baths on the edge of the city) and the Pantheon. A truly fascinating place! One day I do hope to go back and take Little H. When she’s a bit older and at school, I think it will be a wonderful to bring history to life for her. I also read a great post from Wandermust Family praising the city for being so accommodating of children. So it would really be rude not to go again!

What’s your best holiday memory? I’d love to hear about it!

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Some comments:
  1. Rome has a special place in my heart as well. We met so many wonderful people. My fondest travel memories are often the ones that took on a bazar twist. Getting drenched in a sudden downpour coming out of the tube in Paris, and then sitting outside in the rain drinking wine and laughing because we were already wet.

    • Sounds like a great memory. I do love when things like that happen to make a holiday unique and special! Thanks for reading xx

    • Amazing that you were able to change and feed so comfortably in such a public place. Wouldn’t be so well received in Trafalgar Square! Writing this post has inspired me to look for a more adventurous holiday this year. Thanks for reading xx

  2. I went to Rome as a child and I think we probably skirted round it because I dont really remember it. Fascinating place though and maybe we will go again too. My favourite holiday moments have been cycle touring with Dave in Scotland island hoping. Just beautiful! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬
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    • Sounds like a wonderful holiday memory. There is something amazing about being alone in the vast scenery of places like Scotland. Thanks for sharing xx

  3. I absolutely love Italy! We visited Rome and I loved all the history – you’re right, it’s easy to become blase as you turn a corner to find yet another landmark. Tuscany is the place that really holds a special place in my heart though – I got engaged there and we had our honeymoon there, so it has so many personal memories. As well as the spectacular views, great food and fantastic wine! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • I’ve not been but it sounds lovely! Wonderful that you went back there for your honeymoon after getting engaged there. Thanks for reading xx

    • It’s definitely worth a trip. My Dad just got back from his first visit to around Pisa and he thought it was brilliant too! Thanks for reading xx

    • I had one of the most amazing meals ever there – a 4 course Italian meal which included cuttle fish. I’d never had it before but it was fantastic! Thanks for reading x

  4. I loved reading this, I got back from 10days in Italy on Thursday and we spent the last day of our holiday in Rome. What an amazing city! I would have loved to have done a guided tour of the colloseum but Leo only managed about 20minutes in there before he got bored. I definitely want to go back there xx thanks for linking to #BlogCrush
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    • It sounds like you had an amazing holiday in Italy so I’m glad I helped you keep some of those memories fresh in your mind. Yes, I’m fortunate to have visited the Colosseum pre-child because my daughter would either get bored or keep trying to fall off a dangerous ledge!! Thanks for reading xx

    • I would love to go to Florence. Oh and Venice and Pisa. Nice to know you loved Rome as much the second time round. I think I shall go again one day too! Thanks for reading x

  5. #marvmonday hmm Barbados 2011 when we got engaged – cliche probably but one that defy stands out and is where we met in 2005. (same resort), He proposed on the balcony that we met on.

  6. I defy anyone to go to Rome and not be enchanted by its incredible history and the marvel of its past. I loved the Coloseum too, and our day in The Vatican blew my mind. Such a fascinating city. Thanks for sharing this with #DreamTeam lovely x
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    • We didn’t explore The Vatican in full but I would love to when we go back. Thames for reading and sharing your experience xx

  7. Rome is one of the greatest places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and I agree the Colosseum is so strikingly dominant. #DreamTeam

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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