I've always loved taking photos. Most of you probably don't know this about me, but from middle school all the way through college, I was constantly snapping photos of my friends and I pretty much everywhere we went. It was nice to have the memories, but as I got older, it also led to me having to delete hundreds of embarrassing photos from Facebook. Anyway, I like to think that I've gotten better at it over the years and combined with traveling, something that I'm fortunate enough to be able to do fairly often, it's turned into quite a little passion of mine. The name of the blog obviously translates to "with Danielle", so it's kind of like you're following along with me on my adventures. Plus I think it sounds nice. So even if no one cares enough to read about my life, I think I'll enjoy having this to look back on in the future.
Let's get on with it. Every year, one of the companies my dad works for organizes a trip to a different place as a sort of thank you for doing well the previous year. I don't know how many of you remember, but last summer I went to St. Kitt's & Nevis as a part of that, and this year it was Rome. I've always been a bit jealous of people who live in Europe because of how easy it is to travel to other countries, while coming from America is much more of an ordeal. It's a goal of mine to visit as many countries as I possibly can, so I was thrilled to be able to check another one off of the list. I also took four years of Latin in high school and learned pretty much everything there is to know about Ancient Rome (for what reason I'm not really sure), so it was very surreal to see everything in person.
We arrived in Rome at about 1pm after taking an overnight flight and checked into our hotel, the Rome Cavalieri. It's a really nice hotel that sits just outside the city, so you sort of need to take a cab if you want to go anywhere. Slightly inconvenient but the cabs are actually pretty cheap. The company had organized a walking tour pretty much straight after the flight, so we dropped our bags and got on a bus. Luckily I was able to get some sleep on the flight, which is rare for me, so I wasn't too exhausted. The tour guide took us around to some of the major attractions like the Pantheon, the Trevi Foundation (which is unfortunately under construction - guess I'll just have to go back), a couple churches and through some neat little streets. We were treated to gelato afterward, which I may have developed a slight addiction to. Later that night, we went to a reception dinner on the roof of the hotel where they had a buffet, music, and an amazing view.
Julius Caesar was found buried down in there
Pistachio & Nutella gelato - life changing
Day two coming soon...