Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

This past weekend was spent NOT celebrating my 40th birthday on a surprise weekend break to Rome, organised, planned and paid for by my amazing British husband! He knew I’d wanted to re-visit Italy after having studied and lived there 18 years ago. It was truly a wonderful surprise and a fantastic weekend.

It was the first weekend in many many many years that my husband and I were without our three children. My sister-in-law took care of them for 3 days! We are so grateful to have her in our lives and so close by ( I wonder if she is as grateful for that as we are?). I am very lucky to have that since all my family are in America.

I love Italy, Italian food, Italian people and the Italian language. Rome is an amazing place – lots to do and see – and we saw it all! The Pantheon, The Colosseum, The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navonna, Vatican City! I spent my birthday with the great masters of the Italian Renaissance, splendor and beauty. Beauty and elegance – it’s what the Italians do best! They don’t care about the appalling state of the Metro – that’s just too mundane and practical. No, it’s the aesthetics and decadence of a rich and fulfilling life and living in beauty that they are interested in. They are immculately dressed and styled as are their children – especially the babies! What would it be like to actually live in Rome? Well, you’d have to be pretty wealthy for one thing! And you’d have to get used to having an enormous door for your front door and eating lots of pasta and pizza. I suppose I could get use to that….

It was an emotional weekend in one sense. Italy was the beginning of my life as it is now. I went to Italy  in 1993 to study Art history and painting and ended up living there, workng for an Italian family. The whole experience was life-changing then and as a result (many years, 3 countries and 3 children later), I am now living in England with my British husband and our children.

One day, we will go back and take our children with us so they can experience Italian culture and language – they can see it with their own eyes.

Thank you Nick for knowing and loving me so well.