Hot Day (Tuesday)! Even Hotter Week!!!! I love the heat. This is just a bit much. We only have a few days to see many sights. That’s not so easy with young children. They have no appreciation for walking in the hot sun. They have even less patience for standing in long lines to see things that they could not comprehend. So we try to shorten the length of our stay in one venue. We also search for grass, shades and a play area to distract them. Christopher is very good at keeping them busy while Janel and I stand in the long lines to explore further. We ate a lot of ice cream once again today. I am not complaining. My recipe for Rome is lots of ice cream and plenty of water (except if you’re Jordan…..then pizza is a most also).
We had a fantastic day even with the hot sun. Christopher made it clear the night before that his children were not going to be exhausted, cranky and miserable at the end of everyday because I chose to drag them everywhere. I had better pick one or two places at the most to visit per day. We will simply have to come back to Rome (Europe) on our own when the children were in college to explore in depth. He felt that I pushed them too far (in terms of seeing this and that) and kept them out too late on Monday. Both children fell asleep on the bus and we did not bring a stroller for Alex. He reminded me that this vacation was for his babies. He wanted them to enjoy it at their pace. I took several deep breaths and exhale. I agreed with him. I don’t want the only memories they take from this beautiful city is the feeling of being tired and miserable. I erased quite a few things from my Rome to do list.
So…… on the children’s pace, we made it to the Mouth of Truth. That is after we had a leisure breakfast. They played outside. We strolled to catch the bus. No more rushing here and there! (They did not move that much faster anyway) I’ve given up on the idea of needing to see many sights. It was not going to happen. I’m content knowing that we will come back.
We then had a two hour lunch before heading to the Trevi Fountain. That’s a beautiful fountain. Wow! Even with so many visitors, your mind and body felt a sense of tranquility. My children were so excited about the Fountain until they realized they could not touch or play in the water. They had to be satisfied with just looking at it from a distance.