An Italian Babymoon: Part 4 (Rome)
Ahhh, Rome. Our last stop.
In keeping with the theme of the trip, getting to Rome was nothing short of an adventure. We booked a First Class ticket on a high speed train (first class on trains isn't much more than regular tickets like it is on airplanes!), so it was supposed to get us there non-stop in about an hour and a half. When we were about 30 minutes from Rome, the train stops suddenly - half in a tunnel and half out. Weird. Then it sits there for almost THREE hours!!! Finally another train pulls up next to us and we have to cross over from our train to the new one. Crazy!! But we made it.
On our one full day in Rome, we booked a walking tour of the Colosseum, which also visited "Ancient Rome" AKA the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine. The tour started at 10am and was supposed to last about 3 hours.
Somehow that day it was 8 million degrees, and since my luggage never showed up I had no shorts to wear!
I was fine during the Colosseum tour since it was mostly shaded while we were in there. But afterwards we headed over to the Roman Forum and there was barely any shade and it was getting hotter by the minute (it seemed!) and I started feeling terrible!
I was hungry and miserably hot (with sticky skinny jeans on that didn't fit right!) and the combination of all that was making me dizzy which in turn made me feel nauseated. I tried really hard to make it the whole time because I'm not a quitter, but when it was almost 1:00 (the time the tour should have ended), and we hadn't even visited the Arch of Constantine yet I knew I couldn't go on. I found a shady spot and just sat on the ground and Josh told our tour guide that we were done. She gave us directions to the nearest cafe and I bought an over-priced bottle of frozen water from a random guy selling them to help me make it there. It's weird being pregnant -- under normal circumstances I would have just sucked it up, but the whole time I was worried about how me being unbearably hot/dizzy was affecting my baby.
Even though the Forum was right by the Colosseum, which is right next to the metro station, we somehow exited it on the other side were really far away from the metro. I was trying to wait to make it back near our hotel to eat, but we kept getting lost and going the wrong way and walking in circles which made me even more hot and miserable. Finally, I just sat down and cried (for only the 2nd time on this crazy trip!! which I thought was pretty good... the first was when my luggage didn't make it.) Josh was such a good husband and took great care of me and didn't make me feel like a loser for crying on the side of the road :) He suggested we go ahead and eat and then try to make our way back to the hotel.
Luckily I felt much better after we ate. For about 10 minutes.
Phew. Finally we found the metro! By the time we got back to our hotel I was wiped out. We stayed in the hotel for most of the afternoon until it cooled off in the evening to a tolerable temperature.
I'd have to say our day in Rome was definitely the worst... at least for me! Luckily I had been there before. Poor Josh hadn't and he's probably now scarred for life.
And now baby girl has been there too! Maybe one day we will take her back and properly enjoy Rome.
In the winter.