Location: Rome, Italy
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Our day was spent wandering around the city. The cruise ship was scheduled to leave in two days so we had to ‘pound the pavement’ to make the most of our time in Rome. After dropping our bags off at Hotel Romance we headed out to the streets to grab a coffee and visit the Colosseum. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and it was warm enough to wear a T-shirt and shorts. We purchased our tickets from a guided tour (which I typically don’t like to do as my attention span seems to dwindle too quickly)…but for some reason, we made an exception. I’m very happy that we did. The tour was great, guided us through the entire Colosseum and then the Forum up the road shortly after.
After wandering around for a couple of hours, we were exhausted. We went back to the hotel to get cleaned up and get ready for dinner. The hotel room was classic and extremely elegant with gold trim and antique decor.
Weaving through the cobblestone streets, we aimlessly wandered taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells of Rome. Even though the smells weren’t always the most pleasant, it was still apart of the city and we were on a mission to embody Rome for the next few days.
We found a tiny cafe on one of the side streets where the tables were set directly beside the road. Cars and Vespas sped by us as we enjoyed our pizza and ravioli. After finishing the last sip of my cappuccino, we decided to walk home past the Trevi fountain. Shawn was antsy to get going and kept grabbing the pocket of his beige cargo shorts the entire night. I knew he was up to something but couldn’t figure out what.
We had a small map with us but really no idea where we were going. That was the beauty of Rome, you could pick a direction and walk until you came across one of the historical sites that the city had to offer. As we approached the Trevi fountain it was overwhelming as we were swarmed by travellers, children playing and locals enjoying a gelato or cappuccino. As we squeezed through hundreds of people, we made our way to a viewing spot of the fountain. Flashes from cameras lit up the area. Bouncy balls, yo-yos and other kids toys were for sale all around. We felt so insignificant in a vast group of unknown people.
We set out for a romantic evening beside the fountain but moved on from that idea after being surrounded by hundreds of tourists. Don’t get me wrong, the fountain at night was stunning…but we we’re hoping to find a place where we could relax and enjoy each other’s company.
On our walk back to the hotel we walked slowly taking in all of the beautifully lit up buildings while enjoying the moment. It’s times like this when we begin to realize the things that are truly important in life.
Shawn approached one of the guys who was selling the children’s toys and roses and came back with three crimson red roses. We stood across the street from the government building under the stars and before I could blink Shawn was down on one knee and reaching into the pocket of his cargo shorts. He pulled out a tiny black box and inside was a beautiful emerald ring with diamonds surrounding the stone and covering the band.
I was so overcome with joy and excitement that I reached right into the box grabbed the ring and slid it on to my ring finger. I leapt into Shawn’s arms and there we were in our own little corner away from the crowds in Rome enjoying our first moment as an engaged couple.
… Continue to read on for more information about our time roaming in Rome…