Ok- I swear this is the last time I’m posting pics from Europe instead of food. (Well- maybe I shouldn’t promise that- I mean ideally I get to go to Europe again right?) It seems like ages have passed since we were in Rome, even though it was just a few weeks ago. Why do vacation days go by so fast and yet non vacation days go on and on?

Anyway, I loved Rome. The history gave me goosebumps, the food was the best I’ve ever had, and we stayed at a dreamy hotel that made leaving extra hard.

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Sometimes when I see sights that are so full of history (like the Colosseum and really all of Ancient Rome,) I almost get a little teary. It’s just so magical to imagine all the millions of people who have seen that same thing for so many years.


Hi Caesar.


As I mentioned, we had gelato every day we were in Italy. Below is my first time trying the Cinnamon Gelato I loved so much I had to recreate!

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We also loved the pizza.


Here’s the Pantheon. We had no idea when we turned the corner that we’d find this iconic and beautiful thing right there. There were about 30 seconds of silent awe as we took it all in.


And Vatican City. There were obnoxious crowds and tons of school groups there for Easter week, but we managed to tune them out just to sit back and bask in the glory that was Michaelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Unbelievable.


I prefer this view of St. Peter’s Basilica that I got from across the Tiber.


Have you seen the movies “Only You” and “Roman Holiday”? Both are wonderful and this “Mouth of Truth” pictured below makes an appearance in both flicks. I had hoped to get a cheesy pic of me with my hand “bitten off” for telling a lie, but it was gated off. Boo.


Hi Sisters.


On our last night, before an unforgettable dinner in Trastavere, we wandered around the edge of the Tiber river, and really basked in the beauty of the city.

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Lucky for me- I threw a coin over my left shoulder at the Trevi fountain and made a wish to return to Rome, (which means it will come true!) Until next time beautiful city!



  1. Wow, Rome is so stunning. I could spend days just wandering around looking at the historical sites! And that pizza? Is it bad that I want a slice for breakfast? :)

  2. Sigh! You’re making me miss Rome so much! When I returned, I also said that Rome offered the best food I had ever eaten in my life….I can’t wait to go back someday.

  3. What a beautiful city it is! Happy you enjoyed yourself. It was my honeymoon city, so I love it for both reasons. Even looking at your pictures, I get goosebumps remembering about my honeymoon and it was less than a year ago. Thanks for sharing!

      1. I love your pictures, now I am dying to go back to Italy! Oh the gelato is SO GOOD! Also, there is a Pantheon in Paris. The Parthenon is in Greece. You should definitely go there! If you loved Italy, Greece will blow your mind!

  4. Are you kidding? I love your travel photos and stories – they take me back! I feel like I’m walking the cobblestone streets with you! Wonderful post, Audra. Thank you for sharing your European adventures with us!

  5. I love all the Rome sights as well! I am curious about the name of your dreamy hotel. It would be great information to have for a future trip!

  6. Love love love your pictures, and thank you for sharing your adventures with us. Makes me miss it so much; it’s been years (many many years) since I’ve been. Guess I’ll have to add it into the plans for the next few years. It’s quite apparent you had a wonderful time – what great memories you’ll have to keep.

  7. I love seeing your photos! It gives me a chance to relive my trip to Italy! Plus, your photos are gorgeous! And you are a natural story teller. I mean, I promise I still love your recipes! But it’s fun to see other things too :)

  8. Forgot to tell you to check out Obika in Roma. It’s a mozarella bar! Shawn & I went there twice – it was awesome, NO tourists. The smoked mozarella was so good. Shawn made some for us when we got back to the States.

    You guys are such a cute couple.

    PS-I’ve been offered up to 5 copies of Hollis Wilder’s Savory Bites cookbook to giveaway to my readers. The enter box is in my latest post. Pls enter – hope you win one. xo

  9. I would love the opportunity to travel out there. I’m sure I would feel the same way when presented with such history and beauty. I’m an absolute sucker when it comes to stuff like that. And then the food… oh man, I would go so ga-ga over the food…

    Sounds like you had an amazing time. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you to treasure the memories!

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