After two weeks leading yoga retreats in Greece, it was time to make my way toward Morocco, but as luck would have it, it was less expensive to do a little stopover in Rome than it was to go directly to Marrakech from Athens. Weird, right?
I wasn't complaining.
We only had two nights, so I picked a centrally located place and we walked everywhere.
The first order of business was finding some food. It kind the best and worst part of being in Italy for me because while my stomach is mostly healed from my longterm antibiotic use for Lyme, my skin breaks out extremely easily whenever I veer off the GAPS diet. Wah. (Side note: A friend is going through the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program and suggested I try a liver cleanse, so that's what I'm doing right now.)
Related: My 1 year, 6 month update on the GAPS diet.
Anyway, I was in Italy, dammit, so I cheated and had a few bites of potatoes (wild, I know) and had a couple bites of gelato because when in Rome... Sometimes you just have to live your life you know? (My skin is really paying the price right now, woof.)
Things I loved about Rome:
- the shopping (I'm not even a huge shopper but the stores (and prices!) were just so good!)
- the food (duh)
- the people were so friendly
- the walkability of the city
Things I did not love about Rome:
- aside from the shopping, everything was so expensive - 6 euro for a tea bag?! 26 euro for fish soup?! Is that crazy, or am I just cheap? (Totally possible.)
We really enjoyed walking around, stumbling across whatever we came across. We had originally planned to do a segway tour but wound up nixing that after we realized it was just too last minute for us.
Instead, we got our eyes checked! Haha, I know that sounds really weird but it's infinitely easier and less expensive to do in Europe than in the US. We literally just walked into a little eyewear shop, where an optometrist worked and had a little lab upstairs. We got a free eye exam with the purchase of glasses. Since Greg's were over 7 years old, it was time. Woo, success!
Rome was such a gorgeous city. Even with all the tourists. There is just so much history in that one city alone.
After just two days, it was time to pack up and hit the road again. We'll share the last leg of the trip, Marrakech, in a few days!
Let's talk Have you been to Italy? Did you love it?