Well, I just finished reading the latest in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. I'll put up my review of that tomorrow, but reading about Rome (where it takes place) brought me back to my Italy trip of 04-05 (we were there over New Years).
We went to Bologna, Florence and Rome. Florence was an amazingly fun place to spend NYE. Everyone gets their own bottle of champagne. You roam (rome? ha!) the streets and drink your bubbly and when you're done? Drop it on the ground. All the roads were covered in an inch of glass. It was surreal.
The view from our window in Florence
A younger hubs and me from the top of the Duomo in Florence
However, after NYE, we made our way down to Rome, which is amazing. The Roman Forum, the Pantheon, The Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Piazza Navonna. Amazing! And then the Vatican! Most amazing church/building I've ever been in. After Rome, we hit up Pompeii. It was just a quick train ride to Pompeii and it was by far the most beautiful, haunting place I've ever been.
This is a statue there. I have NO idea who it's of, but the eye really does look like that. Spooky!