Rome if You Want to … Day 3

or day 3 million and five.

Today was a long day and nothing seemed to mesh. We had a few high points where we tried to pull it back together, but in all honesty today was steaming, sparkling, rainbow unicorn poop kind of day. It’s rainbow and sparkling and unicorn cause we’re on vacation in Rome and it is still kind of magical. It’s steaming and poop cause even vacation days, especially vacation days with littles things go wrong.

Today we had no real agenda … and maybe this was our first mistake. Our loosely based plan was to go up into the Trastevere section of Rome, head to the park above it, and then go to the Bocca Della Verita or Mouth of Truth.  We let the kids sleep in today because yesterday was such a full day. We headed out shortly after eleven and caught the bus.

Our first stop was the Santa Maria church in Trastevere. It was constructed in the 300s and finished in the 1100s. It is believed to be the first church dedicated to Mary. It was beautiful. It was very dark in the church so the photos are not even close to what they should be.

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After this we found a delightful little sandwich shop and ate it on the steps to another church.
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After this we hiked up to the top …

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and took some goofy photos with a bunch of heads.

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then we went and got gelato and started the hunt for the bathroom.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY ROME DOESN’T PUT BATHROOMS AT EVERY MAJOR ATTRACTION AND CHARGE FOR THEM. Cause they would make a KILLING! With all these old people and children. ARE YOU LISTENING ROME!!!???? We searched and searched for a bathroom. There were tears shed before we found one. It took 2 hours!

But before we found one, we visited the Mouth of Truth. The legend says that if you tell a lie when you put your hand in the mouth of the statue your hand will be bitten off. This terrified the youngest Cordells.

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They didn’t believe till we were actually there that it was a silly story.

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After this everyone was DONE so we found our bus and then found a bathroom (THANK THE PEE GODS).  I kept trying to amuse the kids by saying, “MY KINGDOM FOR A POTTY!” They were not amused.

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We finally made it back to the hotel very tired and cranky.  We ended up heading back out a few hours later to the restaurant we found the other day by St Peter’s Square. I think the break and good food lifted everyone’s spirits a bit. We ended up walking over to St Peter’s Square so we could see it at night without the crowds. It was very peaceful and ended up being quite the thing we needed to end our not so great day.

Tomorrow is Sunday in Rome and I’m contemplating going to see if I can catch a glimpse of the Pope. Like most of Europe shops in general are closed. Here it would seem that the metro system is shut down as well so we’ll see what we actually get to do tomorrow.

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