My hubby recently got to go on a business trip to Rome. Talk about jealous! I would have gone with him, but for two things: first, it was last minute and flights were more expensive; and, two, I carelessly let my passport lapse quite some time ago. πŸ™

I’ve had a passport since I was seventeen, and it’s always been current, but once we moved back to the States permanently, I didn’t feel any sort of urgency to renew it when it finally expired. Duh. I mean I filled out the application, had it with the passport, and kept planning to go get photos so I could mail it. But I never would get around to the photo portion. Finally, last week while Hubby was enjoying himself in Rome, I went and got those photos and marched down to the Post Office. The next time he has to go to Europe on business, at least I’ll have a passport! I may not be able to control the flight prices, but I’ve got half the equation covered now.

So, he was supposed to get back on Friday, but once he landed in Atlanta, he was stuck because of the snow. All flights to our neck of the woods were canceled, though we didn’t have a bit of snow here. He had to stay overnight and drive back on Saturday. But, he brought me lovely presents!

Though I didn’t get to go, I did get to do some vicarious travel though his photos. I’ve been to Rome before, but it’s been a long time, so these pictures really brought it all back for me.

Ahh, the Coliseum. When I was there, it was over run with cats. Hubby says there aren’t so many cats now. I don’t want to know what happened to them. πŸ™

Don’t know precisely what it is, but it’s pretty!

Recognize this from “Angels and Demons”?

Remnants of an aqueduct.

Would a trip to Rome be complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain?

No, this isn’t Chicago. It’s Atlanta. This isn’t supposed to happen in Atlanta. It’s the South! It’s Hotlanta! Where did all this snow come from?

I enjoyed my vicarious trip to Rome, but a real trip would be even better. Then I could think up a to-die-for Roman hero, give him a spunky heroine, and plop them down in Rome. What fun! Speaking of heroes and heroines, I better get back to the current WIP. It’s yucky and cold out, and we even have a little bit of snow on the ground, so it’s a good time to dream. Too bad I picked snowy Russia as a setting. Brrrr!