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So, the jet lag is wearing off and we are able to breathe from our whirlwind trip in Europe!  We loved both Rome and Paris and took over 500 pictures – available later.  In the meantime, this is a list of favorite things in no particular order:

  • Random orange trees on busy city streets
  • Ruins everywhere – even in remote backyards
  • Flowers and potted trees on countless balconies
  • Asking for butter – in French!
  • Feral kitties living in the Colosseum
  • Escargot – two days in a row (Bill was appalled)
  • Pocket-size churches chock full of candles, sculptures and peekabo altars
  • Goat cheese melted on toast
  • Any Bernini sculpture we saw (and we saw a lot of them)
  • The charming village of Versailles and the locals we met there
  • Walking among ancient ruins and imagining life as it was
  • All views of the Eiffel Tower no matter how far or close we were to it
  • The St. Joan of Arc statue in Notre Dame
  • Tiny, quiet, curved walkways leading to big, bustling piazzas
  • Painted and gold gilt ceilings – kudos to the Sistine
  • The Pieta at St. Peter’s – and the thousands of other pietas we saw by countless artists and sculptors
  • Overlooking the Forum from Capitoline
  • Scarves, enormous handbags and leather jackets
  • Pealing bells at random and not-so-random times
  • A small kitty darting around the Bath of Diocletian’s ruins
  • Roman cab drivers and their frenzied passion for soccer
  • A tiny balcony just for the two of us to have dinner
  • The languages
  • Mass at St. Peter’s and Notre Dame with hundreds of our closest friends (present company excepted!)
  • Raphael and Michelangelo – breathtaking, ’nuff said!
  • Marie Antoinette’s bedroom at Versailles – oh! and the Hall of Mirrors
  • Every single Impressionist artist in French history
  • Sainte Chapelle’s stained glass
  • Every square inch of the Vatican
  • The Louvre and its controversial pyramid
  • Monet‘s water lilies in “surround-sound”!
  • Alabaster miniature monks at the Cluny
  • Sumptuous pasta right in front of the Pantheon
  • Antipasta – for breakfast!
  • Tivoli Fountain – by moonlight
  • Paris’ transportation system – c’est magnifique!
  • Napoleon’s over-the-top tomb
  • The Borghese collection hidden in the Villa Borghese Park – and in the Louvre
  • Nuns everywhere in flowing habits with rosaries at their waists
  • Chicory and salmon with the skin still on
  • Rick Steves’ guidebooks on Rome and Paris – would have been lost without him

and the best?  Being with my husband of 25 years 24/7 for 11 days – Priceless!
I know I could have saved a lot of words by saying – we liked it!  A lot.