Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sightseeing in Rome

OK, let me get off the topic of jewelry and change the subject.

Last month I went on a business trip to Rome. (Yeah, I know. Life is hard.)

It meant that I'd be away for a full week and my kids were really not happy about me leaving. They whined and kept asking me why they couldn't go with me. This was repeated, again and again, each time the trip was mentioned.

The night before I was to leave, I pulled my suitcase out of the basement and started packing. Emma, my youngest, decided that she had to help me pack. (Remember, help is a relative word when used by a mother.)

She suggested that she could easily fit in the suitcase and join me in Rome, but I declined her kind offer.

It was sad leaving, but I really had to go. But when I got to my hotel room in Rome, I opened my suitcase and I had a big laugh. Emma must have snuck her stuffed animal, Mooch, in there when I wasn't looking to keep me company.

I decided right then and there that Mooch would have to join me when I went sightseeing. And that's what he did. So here you have it: picture of Mooch taking in the sights of Rome.

Mooch, speechless at the sheer size and grandeur of the Vatican:
Mooch at the Vatican St Peter's (At the Vatican, we also visited the art museums and the Sistine Chapel. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos there. )

Mooch, gazing at the massive obelisk in St Peter's Square:
While there, we discussed how this was one of the intregral scenes of Dan Brown's novel, "Angels and Demons". And we both adamently agreed that it was a better book than "The DaVinci Code".

Mooch, in awe of the Colliseum:

Both sides of it!
Mooch at the Coliseum

Mooch, just after he tossed three coins in the fountain:
DSC01355 One legend says that if you toss 3 coins over your left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, you'll get 3 wishes. I wonder what Mooch wished for? I know I was wishing for some gelato. Yum.

Mooch, basking in the glory that was once the Roman Forum:

Mooch, showing no fear at the Bocca Della Verita, also known as the Mouth of Truth. It's said that if you put your hand into its mouth and tell a lie, the mouth will shut.

Obviously, Mooch had a lot at stake:

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All in all, Mooch had a great time in Rome but was happy to get home. Emma was glad to have him back and enjoyed hearing about his trip and seeing all his photos.

He was great company and may just become my permanent traveling companion!

BTW, Mooch was made by Uppity Woman's Designs. You can find her shop here.
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  1. Anonymous said...
    Oh, I'm delighted that Mooch got to visit Rome (a little jealous, too!)
    I'm also delighted to see that Mooch has found a home in such an obviously loving family.
    How sweet of your daughter to send him along with you; the photos are priceless!
    Happy trails, Mooch!
    High Desert Diva said...
    Lucky Mooch!
    Kari said...
    That is so adorable! I'm sure your daughter loved those pics! Looks like you (& Mooch) had a wonderful time!
    Amber D. Mcnabb said...
    Oh my goodness how precious! And what an eventful trip. A business trip with some sight seeing filled with the excitement of creating something wonderful for your children at home. At least mooch kept them ever closer to your heart. Way to go Emma!
    Unknown said...
    Oh how fun! I bet your daughter was delighted:)
    Samaria Project said...
    I bet your little girl loved seeing those pics!
    Contrariwise said...
    One of the first things I did when I got back was download the pictures and show them to Emma.

    She really got such a kick out of them and out of this posting.

    She's also going to let me take Mooch on my next business trip.

    Rosebud Collection said...
    What a fun time with Mooch..I think your blog was just great and I had a good laugh..What a great trip you had..beautiful city. Happy you are both home..
    Mrs. West said...
    Oh that is adorable. Your daughter obviously loves you very much. :)
    Contrariwise said...
    Aww, thanks. She IS my little sweetie.

    Unknown said...
    Kids are so smart! Your daughter figured out how to go in her own way. great story!
    Gemheaven said...
    Awww Mooch looked like he has a lot of fun!!! Fab pics

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