Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Little Americans First Day Around The Eternal City

Bon Giorno!  After a good night's sleep I am ready for my first tour of the Eternal City.

First, I'm on my way downstairs for some breakfast before getting on the hop on hop off tour bus.

One of the main reasons I love a vacation is that my parents aren't so strict when it comes to eating.  Today, I decided to start my carbo loading for energy with a donut,sausages and cream filled pastry.

hmmm, I wonder if kids here like eating donuts and sweets as much as I do.

Okay, stomach is full and I'm ready to start the day.
Oh, and my parents wanted me to share some photos of the sitting areas in the hotel lobby.
The hotel Parco Dei Principi is located at the gate to the beautiful Borghese Gardens behind the Borghese Palazzo, directly across from the park's zoo.
It has 179 rooms.  The decor is traditional with lots deep toned woods, marble and rich colored textiles.

The hotel rooms have great views of the park, zoo and a great outdoor and indoor pools.   Beside the pools for me, they picked this hotel because it offers a fully equipped state of the art fitness center and water spa.  They also love the fact it's only a 15 minute walk through the park to the old city center yet far enough away to escape from the noise and crowd to the quiet of the park.
We're on the Rome Open tour bus having a great time enjoying the sites.
We're coming up to the Vittoria Emmanuel monument which is a favorite of my Daddy(Julio).  He still remembers how it  captivated him on his initial visit to Rome in 1996.   I think it was brand new  then.
It was built as a monument to Italy's first King.  I thought it was funny that they called it the Wedding Cake.

This was actually a site I looked forward to seeing up close.  One of my very favorite shows "Little Einsteins" visited Roman Coliseum and so I had to come see where Leo,Annie,June and Quincy flew their Rocket ship inside to save the helpless musical notes that were locked in the basement by the evil Big Jet.
Papa Dan is helping me search the crowd for my Little Einsteins far no luck.  I can't believe it was built thousands of years ago when my parents were my age.

After just 45 minutes on the upper deck in the hot sun, I was ready to finish the tour in the shade on the deck below.  My Daddy says this picture of me makes him want to sing songs from the Tapestry album by Carole King.   An album is an old fashion Itunes player.
After the bus tour, we finally hopped off at the Spanish steps stop which was only a few blocks away.  On our way, I spotted a nice clothing boutique and had to have the hot pink polo shirt on the store mannequin.
I can't believe I'm  running the famous Spanish steps...whoo hoo! My parents say there are 138 steps to the top.  I couldn't tell but you would have thought there were twice that amount the way they were so out of breath.
This is me doing my victory dance once I reached the middle.  I still have two more flights to go up what is referred to as the widest steps in Europe.   Papa told me they were built more than two hundred years ago for the Spanish Bourbon Kings to access their church at the top of the hill.
After a great morning and early afternoon tour of the old city, it was time for some much needed fun poolside.
Ah! the water and weather is perfecto!
After our late afternoon swim, we showered and changed to find a place to eat within walking distance from the hotel.  We stumbled upon this beautiful building on the opposite end of the park from our hotel.  It just so happened to be a restaurant.   It was built in the 1800s near the Villa Borghese by architect Giuseppe Valadiera.

Look at my dinner...delicious.  Tubes of pasta stuffed with cheese.

The view was outstanding, but my Dads sat here for too I fired up the baby sitter(Ipad).
I had such a fun and busy day that I passed out on the floor 3 minutes after we got back to the room.  Thanks for visiting.  See you tomorrow.


MaryBeth said...

What a way for me to start my day, laughing and smiling at your Little Americans adventures of day 1 in Rome.
I am hoping you are having a wonderful time, it sure looks like it.
Thanks for all the pictures, I feel like I am there soaking up all the beauty of the city and hotel.
Can't wait for more pictures.
BTW, I am counting, 3 outfits in one day, and all so cute.
xo, MB

Janie's World said...

The Little American is quite the fashionista, way to represent!!! I loved the view from that restaurant you ate at, it was fantastic. I thought that Italy had the best food (even better than Paris!) and the sites are incredible. I'm looking forward to the rest of your posts.

Bernadine said...

This is such a great post. I was smiling the entire time while reading. Looks like you're having perfect weather, perfect hotel and views. I loved every photo. Thanks for sharing this fun filled day.

Entertaining Women said...

The hop on hop off tour bus is such a great idea for a little one. I was glad to see that Spanish steps were not their normally overcrowded location. Great fortune! Did you take TLA into the coliseum? I'm replaying my adventure there last summer through you all. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Cherry Kay

Paisley Curtain said...

The little American is so adorable, and having so much fun. We too are enjoying your travels. Have fun

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

How much fun to enjoy Rome with Little American - who isn't so little any longer!

And, Joyeux Anniversaire! What gorgeous flowers and cake. You do celebrate in high style!

Table Escapes said...

What a wonderful holiday....your little man is such a snappy dresser!! I love to live vicariously thru you!! Sharon

Usman Hadi said...

Much fun to enjoy Rome with Little American,do carry some Scratch Card along with you