Actually, if I’m honest, I’m in Florence as I write this and this is where we will celebrate our family Christmas this year. It’s been another busy year, with quite a few surprises in it for me – and I’m not just talking about the extraordinary travel opportunities that have so very fortunately come my way. But more about that in the new year.
Rome was hectic – there is so very much to see and it seems to be busy all year round – but life is at a much more sedate pace here in Florence, with the added bonus of less crowds. We only arrived at lunchtime today and have already had a drink in a little wine bar we discovered last year and have had a leisurely stroll around the back streets. The girls are out shopping and our son is off exploring on his own, happy for the break from close family time, so I’m now taking the chance to put up my very last post for the year.
This post is just a few of the many photos I took in Rome, so I can share a little of the experience with you, dear readers. This is a fabulous city and December is an ideal time to visit. The days are chilly, but we had clear skies and sunshine – and far less crowds than in the summer. Rather than stay in the middle of the tourist area of the city, we stayed in a charming little apartment in the historic region of Trastavere. While still close to the city and all of the main attractions, Trastavere is a residential area with quiet streets, local shopping areas and friendly neighbours – offering visitors a more genuine taste of every day life in Rome. My son came home from his first foray into the local area commenting on how everyone was standing around in the street and chatting to each other and he expressed the opinion that they surely couldn’t all know each other. I soon set him straight on that – this area has families that have lived here for many generations, unlike our mobile population, so chances are that they do all know each other.
Staying in an apartment is a perfect accommodation solution to what can be an expensive holiday when travelling with the whole family and it’s one I’d recommend. An apartment offers more space for less money than a hotel room and gives you the option of preparing at least some of your meals at home, rather than buying a restaurant feed for the whole family three times a day. There are several online sites that offer this service and we stayed in an apartment sourced through Go With Oh. They offer online booking, a full range of photos and plans of their apartments and lots of choices in central locations around the world. Our apartment was charming, close to public transport and local shops (including a pasticceria that made me go weak at the knees) was spotlessly clean and had the necessaries to keep the kids happy – the all-important wifi. The owner couldn’t have been more helpful and was available promptly when we had a few minor issues with the hot water.
I’ll be taking a break now until after new year and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for your company, comments and time for the last year. I hope you all have happy and safe holidays and that you find the time to drop by this blog when I kick it off again in 2014.
Lambs’ Ears and Honey stayed in a Trastavere apartment as a guest of Go With Oh whilst in Rome.