As we sat in the airport the anticipation grew! I was really going to Italy! My dream since I was a little girl.
The place where my ancestors came from.
We flew to JFK and waited for our one way flight to Rome. I was ready...
I have never flown overseas before. I was excited!
Then they announced there was mechanical difficulties with the plane and we were detained.
3 hours went by before we could board our new plane but that was ok. I knew where I was going!
I flew American...
We boarded the plane, it was bigger than the usual ones I have been in.
There were movies, music and food to be had.
My thought was that I hope my legs and back don't cramp up sitting here so long....
I watched out the window as the plane went up the coast till the lights were few.
Then no more....
So sit back with me as I take you on my transatlantic flight to Italy!
We decided to take a tour. Italian Vistas with Collette Travel.
We arrived in Rome and went through customs.
My first stamp in my passport!!
We were transported to our hotel. The Mediterraneo.
I was too excited to have jet lag.
We went to our European room. A little bare but clean. The bathroom was all marble and beautiful.
That's important for this DIYer!
We went for lunch to our first of many Italian Cafe's.
We were serenaded as we ate our first pizza!
My mouth is watering just looking at it!
After dinner I walked to the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica.
Every church in Italy is beautiful. Full of great architecture and beautiful paintings and sculpture. I never got sick of it!!
It was breathtaking. The priest even blessed me and I felt that my trip was going to be more special than I had imagined.
I left and went back to get ready to meet our group for the first time. Then we were going to dinner.
Dinner consisted of three courses. This would be the habit for the rest of the trip! Mama Mia! The food!!!
Bruschetta proscuito and bread with Prosecco for our Antipasto .
Lasagna with Red Wine
and Steak with Arugula
Gelato for dessert (another habit)
It was already a full day. Our group seemed to be fun and friendly and as we headed back to the hotel, we talked about how awesome it was to be in this beautiful place.
But.....we had no idea
no idea I tell you!
What was in store for us the next day.
Let me just tell you that everything I have ever seen on TV or read in books felt like a lie.
This stuff is meant to be seen!! The magnitude is beyond what one can imagine.
It was all so grand!
Hope you enjoyed Day 1!
Please follow along to see the rest of the journey!