On to my For Me Friday topic: traveling!
I can't tell you how glad I am that Evan and I don't look back at the early years of our relationship and marriage and think "why didn't we do that when we had the chance?" Because we took every opportunity we had since the day we began dating to go places and get involved and experience new things and meet new people.
Taking vacations was always a huge priority to both of our families as we grew up, so we have always loved to travel together. Just about every break in college was used for traveling, as we road-tripped to Memphis or Savannah, went skiing up in Michigan, flew out to Vegas, vacationed in Mexico with my family or drove to Florida with our friends for spring break.
Evan's grandpa said something when I was pregnant with Connor that has always stuck with me...He said that his wife used to say "We can't afford to travel." And he'd reply "We can't afford NOT to." That's exactly how Evan and I have always felt, and someday I know we will have the opportunity to travel again, as a family of four.
When our first anniversary rolled around, Evan and I spent the whole year saving up, and we splurged on a trip to Europe. We went on a 10-day tour that took us through Italy, Switzerland, France and England. It was such a great experience that we often comment how much we can't wait to retire and travel through Europe again :)
First on the stop were the Italian cities of Rome and Venice. The great thing about our tour was that there were extra excursions you could participate in, but we also had the freedom to go off on our own whenever we wanted to.
In Rome, we accompanied the group to Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica...
And we discovered that God is an Illini fan :)
We then headed through the Roman Forum and checked out the Colosseum...
Afterwards, we ditched our group and took our own little walking tour through Rome, stopping at the Piazza Navona, Church of Santa Maria (which on the interior has to be one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen!), the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Barberini and the Spanish Steps.
Our day in Venice - considered one of the most romantic and unique cities in the world - did not disappoint!
...witnessed the creation of Venetian glass...
...and hung out in St. Mark's Square.
It's so fun to look back at these photos, thanks for traveling with me :) More travel posts to come on future Fridays! In the meantime, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming very soon ;)