All roads lead to Rome, and so we end our trip where we began it – in the Eternal City.

I was so glad to get back to Rome, especially after Naples, which makes Rome seem like the very height of civilization (more on Naples soon).  Arriving at Termini station felt like a homecoming, since we are staying in the same hotel in the same neighborhood in familiar surroundings for the first time in six weeks.  Also, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with this city and couldn’t wait to see it again.

The biggest difference this time, besides having the kids with us, is that the “Sunday evening” feeling has been perpetually hovering over my shoulder.  You know – the one that taps you at the end of a great weekend reminding you that the real world will wait for just a few more hours.  As such, I’ve been wistful.  Counting down the meals, the orange creamsicle sunsets, the buzz and bustle of the piazzas…  Not to mention the tragic fact that my “pizza/gelato for lunch, pasta/gelato for dinner with the occasional panini thrown in” diet will soon come to an end.

Rome has been the ornately carved, gold-leaf gilded bookends for this, the trip of a lifetime.  A trip that has exceeded every expectation I had and changed me in ways I can only begin to process right now.  So yes, I am sad to see it come to an end.

But every ending is a beginning, and we will soon welcome the smell of freshly sharpened pencils as we send the kids off to a new school year – Jay to kindergarten!  I am looking forward to tackling my fledgling writing career with renewed vigor, determined to lift it off the ground once and for all.  We are all looking forward to our reunion with poor Rocky, who is hopefully reformed after spending his summer in doggie obedience school.

Besides, Jay and I threw our coins into the Trevi Fountain last night, most sincere in our wishes to return.  We can enjoy our Last Supper in Rome tonight,

I made my wish, so I'm destined to come back!

secure in the knowledge that we will return one day and begin, and equally lasting, adventures.

Thanks to everyone who came along, virtually, with us on this epic trip. I have so appreciated your comments and your company.  I have not been able to visit and comment on blogs lately, but I’ll be back to yours once we get settled at home.

P.S.  This will not be the last post I write about Italy, but it will certainly be the last one I write in Italy, since we’ll be on a plane to the States at this time tomorrow…

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  1. Rome? I’m so jealous! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip. I hope you have a safe flight home.

  2. Sounds like it’s been a truly wonderful trip! And think how much writing fodder you will have as an added bonus 🙂

  3. I am having a tough time believing that your trip is almost over. It seems like I just received your first post from Italy and now I’ve read your last.

    Glad that you had such a wonderful summer.

  4. I look forward to hearing about Naples. I am thinking about visiting my ex family who live near Sorrento and I think it is time I explored Naples.

  5. Oh noes! It’s all over. I know that savouring of the lasts… But so many wonderful memories, too. And photos. And blog posts. You have made me hungry for Italy… xx

  6. Travelling is such sweet sorrow, so sad when it ends. Some say the best part of travelling is coming home, but I find coming home a real downer for awhile. Your trip sounds like it was awesome. I just returned from my jaunt overseas but have been too sick to post much about it yet, but I will! Didn’t get to Italy this time, but have been twice and always found Rome a bit larger than life!


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