Sunday, December 11, 2011

Travel Snaps, Part 3: Rome, Pompeii and Pisa

It's time for a little break from your holiday planning, Blogging Friends. 

For those who may not have read about my recent trip, I went to Italy last month. After five days of traveling solo, I met up with friends who had been having their own adventures. Should you wish to see earlier posts of the journey, you can find one about Florence and another featuring Fiesole & Orvieto.

This first photo was taken in Rome and shows the Spanish Steps.

If you look closely (on the left side of one of the landings), you'll see me (in the blue blouse) waving to you!

The bottom left photo in this mosaic shows part of the Trevi Fountain. One friend was amazed, having expected a small, round structure. We tossed coins in to ensure a return trip.  After all, I did it once before, and here I was again!

The other three pictures were taken in the Pantheon, an amazing round building with a fascinating evolving history. Raphael is buried there, as are 2 kings of Italy. (That's an honorary guard, made up of volunteers, in the colourful uniforms.)

As a day trip from Rome, our little gang of seven went to Pompeii and spent hours wandering around the remains of the ancient city. It had housed 20 000 people at the time Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, with catastrophic results.

These are some details of the baths. Amazing.

Following our time in Pompeii, it was back to Rome for 2 nights and then on to meet our ship for my first cruise.

At our initial port of call, I chose to take an excursion to Pisa. I wasn't about to be that close to the Leaning Tower and not see it!

The day was grey and damp, but that didn't negatively impact the experience at all. I was just sorry I didn't have more time to wander around before having to catch to bus back to the ship. 

For "Travel Snaps, Part 4",  I'll show some photos of Toulon, France. If you thought Pisa was damp...
Perhaps I'll include the photo of me in an outfit no self-respecting Frenchwoman would dream of wearing!

I'm pleased to be linking with Little Red House for "Mosaic Monday". Why don't you pop over and see who's there this week!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I truly appreciate it and love to read any comments you leave.

Warm Wishes,


  1. Wonderful photos ... looks like a great tour. When I was little I thought it was the Leaning Tower of Pizza!

  2. Amazing and beautiful pictures! Thank you for taking me to must have been a wonderful trip!

  3. Wow thanks for sharing these photos. ^_^ They are all beautiful!


  4. I would love to visit there some is my dream! Happy holidays to you! ♥

  5. What a wonderful adventure you've had! Your photos are gorgeous. Thanks for taking us along.

  6. Oh my what a wonderful adventure and great photos! Love them all.

  7. I am so impressed that you did some of your travelling solo. How brave. Great photos. V

  8. Hi Karen
    Such nice photos of your trip and I'm waiting to see 'the' outfit.

  9. Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful pictures of your wonderful trip. I searched for you on the steps and FOUND you!! Your trip looks FABULOUS!!

  10. Your post brought back wonderful memories of our wonderful trip four years ago. Thanks for sharing, Merry Christmas!

  11. I saw you waving and next time hope to meet you for real :)

  12. I enjoyed that little bit of Armchair Traveling - and I spied you waving on the Spanish Steps!
    I've had my moments of less-than-Frenchwoman-dressing standards - let's see yours!

  13. Hi,Karen.
    You had an exciting trip. Wow, I miss the Trevi Fountain! I like your new header too.
    Have your holiday season!

  14. Thanks for sharing these photos. It reminded me of the time I went to Pompeii. Fabulous photos Karen.

  15. Karen, thanks for sharing more of your wonderful photos of your trip. I saw you on the steps waving at us. Now I am waiting to see you in the outfit no self respecting Frenchwoman would wear. :o)

  16. What a wonderful trip! Thanks so much for the photos - I really enjoyed seeing them.



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