Versailles

March 16, 2013-Versailles-3037

March 16, 2013-Versailles-3037

Probably one of my best candids so far.  I didn’t even realize they were there!  For more on Versailles, see this link for yesterday’s post.

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Once we got back to Steve’s apartment, he went off to bed, and we sat around for a few minutes deciding what to do.  It was a little before 4am, and we had about an hour before we’d have to hop on the metro over to the shuttle stop.  Eventually we decided to take a quick half hour nap before running over to the metro.

Fast forward about four hours, and we were finally boarding our Ryanair flight back to Rome.  A nice two hour nap later, we landed back home – a great weekend!

Later that night, we went to a Roma versus Parma soccer match.  I’ve never been to a professional soccer game before, so this was a new experience for me.  The stadium was initially built in 1937, but was remodeled for the 1960 Olympics.  It definitely showed its age.  I’m a little spoiled with Gillette Stadium to say the least.  Food carriers were walking around with duct-taped buckets will really random snacks in them.  That was a little funny to see.

Roma pulled away with the win after scoring a second goal in the second half.  A great ending to a great weekend!

When I was standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the realization of my current situation hit me yet again.  I was standing on top of a national monument I had never seen with my own eyes in person until a few hours ago.  I saw the first steps of the new Pope a few days ago.  New government members had just been elected in Italy.   A mere month and a half ago, I had never even stepped foot in a foreign country besides Canada or the British Virgin Islands.  I could not be more thankful for those in my life: friends, family, and anyone else who has affected me in some way.  I am truly blessed.

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