2019 Holiday to Rome -tentatively related to Saints Abdon & Sennen (Martyred in Rome)
2019 Holiday to Rome
My daughter decided that she and her boyfriend
would go to Rome for her boyfriend’s birthday.
His birthday is towards the end of May and being hopeless at details, I did
not remember the date she had told me she was going. Both my husband (Paul) and I had been to Rome
before but not together, and my son (Ben) who was 16 at the time and finishing
his last year at school, decided it would be nice if we also went to Rome for
our holiday. We needed to wait until Ben
had finished his last exam and before Paul, who by this time was rotating out
of Brunei, headed back on his next shift. With the 11-day window we had, I went
ahead and booked our flights and accommodation, only to discover that it overlapped
by 5 days with my daughters’ holiday.
The plan was to meet a couple of times for dinner,
but we ended up meeting every day, sometimes just for dinner and sometimes for
almost the whole day. It was a lovely
holiday, even more so because we spent quality time all together. Our Airbnb
was close to the Coliseum and we had several nice dinners together overlooking
Of course, in Saint Abdon & Sennen’s day, the
Coliseum would have been a place of terror, however, nowadays, it is one of the
most popular tourist sites in Rome.
We went to the Vatican on different day, my
daughter is not Catholic but managed to go the day Pope Francis was there. On my previous visit to Rome, I had visited
the Vatican with a group, but somehow got split up from the group in St Peters
Basilica and ended up having to make my own way back to my hotel which was near
Trevi fountain on that occasion.
While in Rome, we got to see some of Saint Padre
Pio’s relics (one of my favourite Saints), as well as visiting the usual
tourist places including the Zoo which I can highly recommend, and the waxworks.
Of course, the wine and food are a highlight in
Rome and all of Italy, I think I gained several lb that week. During the week we took part in a half day traditional Italian cookery course at a locals house - another great way to spend a few hours.