With all that’s been going on in the US, in the world and to all the animals it can be hard to find the positive energy to celebrate New Year’s, you know? I guess Ken and I didn’t have that problem because we flew off to Rome with the “young adults”, Mae, Perry and Adri. We rang in the new year filled with Prosecco, bucatini, carciofo, perfect pizza, mozzarella, proscuitto, a martini at Harry’s (several), Ferrara’s in Trastevere, branzino, the best wine ever and the most art, history and architecture crammed into one small city ever. Touring the halls of the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum, the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon…oh, the Pantheon, it does make one look back, reflect on those times and how they relate to today. It’s a heady place in spite of all the tourists and men trying to sell you fake purses and roses.
I really did appreciate the time spent in my favorite city in the world. I needed time away from the noise of the news, the dolphins being slaughtered in Taiji, the elephants and Rhinos being poached towards extinction, Ferguson, ISIS, Ebola, domestic violence, AHHHHHHHHHH! I need another slice of that sausage and arugula pizza STAT! And you know what else?? It was sunny every day but very dry and cold and with that I had 5 straight days of good hair. That’s what I call a great vacation.