Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tivoli & Capri

This weekend I got to take two absoluley wonderful day trips.
I'm so lucky...

The first was Friday to the Villa d'Este in Tivoli Italy, just an hour train ride outside of Rome.
I got to go with my lovely friend Taylor from Oklahoma, and it was perfect.
The Villa d'Este was a huge villa with gorgeous gardens. Sadly the fountains were off for the winter season :( but, it was still a great, quiet, breathe in the mountain air kind of a place. exactly what I needed.

Here are some photos from Tivoli.

Saturday morning me, jen and hilary caught an 8 am train to Naples, and then got on a hydrofoil to the Island of Capri.
It has officially become one of my favorite places in the world. Just look....

love, marcy

Friday, February 26, 2010

Momma & Amanda Visit Roma

So, this is a bit overdue, but why not.

A week ago my mom and amanda flew ALL THE WAY from Texas to see me.
They are nice :)

It was most definitely a highlight of my time here thus far to share my life here in Rome with them.
We ate the GREATEST meals (I am still full, one week later...), saw some beautiful places and art (the vatican museums, sistine chapel, St. Peters, the BORGHESE galleries and gardens, Pompeii, and rome in general).

Such a great time to drink lemonchello, enjoy 3 or 4 hour meals, explore the city, relax in the hotel room, laugh, cry, and just love eachother.
It was the best. they are the best.
yes, I was so sad to see them go.

But of course, I live in ROME! And tomorrow I am off on another adventure to Capri.

these days are bright.
and I love my family.

missing home, but loving rome,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

a few lovely things.

faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb,
a lovely garden in a seed,
and a giant oak in an acorn.

-William Arthur Ward

photos from: homesweethome

Monday, February 15, 2010

happy days of love.

Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does...
Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth.

1 Corinthians 14:1 (The Message)

what a sweet truth. i love it.

going after a life of love,

Friday, February 12, 2010

Some beautiful quotes and my thoughts on the day

Yes, I have a crazy terrible cold. I don't ever remember being this bogged down with cold-ness.
I haven't left my apartment all day, except to make a quick exchange of Pocahontas for some yummy cookies with my friend Paige earlier.
Its been a restful day for sure. but i am going stir crazy. no doubt.

I have however been able to read, think, pray, and wonder about what the future brings for me.
Silly me. Sitting here in Europe. EUROPE. and trying to plan the future. so typical. so silly.

But my life, oh my oh my, is becoming so very real. When I get back to the states after this dream I like to call my "Mary Kate and Ashley semester", I will be experiencing my last summer. my last time to be a "kid" and then I will start my last year of school. ever.
oh geez. hyperventilating..

but. HOW exciting.
I am about to be able to DO something insane with my life.
I can move anywhere. Do anything. and seriously. I want to DO something big. I want to be open, adventurous, ready to serve, ready to learn.
I have no idea what this thing will be that I am going to do. but man oh man I cant wait for the Lord to show me... I love not knowing.

"The meaning of our lives is revealed through experiences that at first seem at odds with each other -- moments we wish would never end and moments we wish had never begun. Those timeless experiences we want to last forever whisper to us that they were meant to. We were made to live in a world of beauty and wonder, intimacy and adventure. Nathaniel Hawthorne insisted, 'Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.'"

yes yes yes.

Monday, February 8, 2010

My day with Jen and Dan

Jen, my sweet sweet friend from South Carolina and I met up with the famous world traveler Dan (he is traveling through Italy for 3 weeks. We met at the B&B Maison hostel in Florence) to show him around Rome for the day.

What a beautiful day it has been today. Seriously. the best its been since i've arrived. We met Dan at the middle of the Ponte Palatino at 2:30 and made our way up the steep hills to the orange grove and Basilica of Santa Sabina.

Oh. my. goodness.

Jen had been here before. I had seen some of her pictures. and begged her to take me there. and it was absolutely spectacular.

Beautiful views of the entire city. On a sunny day. Can't be beat. (I even took off my coat for about 30 minutes! it was warm enough!!!)

Being back in the city after our great trip to Florence this past weekend has been great.
Rome really is home. I feel comfortable here. in a perfect way. and it is wonderful.

Rome is home.
how lucky am I?

I hope you enjoy the pictures of my day in Rome.

love, marcy

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I fell in love with florence...

(Paige, Hilary, Taylor, me and Jen at the top of the Duomo)

This weekend I was able to travel just a few hours north to Florence with some very great friends.
Oh what a joy it was.
Wished I had court ryburrrrn or Kara Gillum to show me the way but oh how i loved it...
Quite streets. Clean and Rainy, and altogether magical.
here are a few of my highlights from this weekend of good.

10. The cobblestones in the evening. in the rain. beautiful? I think absolutely so. Add the carousel, and my dreams come true...

9. The views from the top of the Duomo cathedral. 8 euro and 463 steps. but completely worth it. not only were we each practically fainting by the time we reached the top, but on our descent we got to listen to Boston Joe (oh Joe), deeply afraid of heights, rap therapeutically to calm his nerves. I wish i had a video camera. priceless indeed.

8. The Uffizi Galleries. one of the most impressive art collections I have been to yet. And we all know how very much i love. the birth of venus. Laocoon. giotto altarpiece. yes yes yes.

7. the gelato. after visiting this place called Firenze I feel deeply deprived of gelato in Rome. gelato in florence is like starbucks in seattle. on every street corner. and always SO very yummy. despite the cold im pretty sure I had it FOUR different times within 2 days. again. yes.

6. B&B Maison. This hilarious little hostal we stayed in was a world of its own. Seriously.
I couldnt have asked for more. Cartoon sheets, colorful miss-matched blankets. beds that spontaniously buckled as the nights progressed. Virgile, the french man and face of B&B Maison, who honestly cant even be described. Fiona, the sweetest little dog. All wonderful things.
The grestest thing about this place was being able to meet ALL of the people from every corner of the world. Geoffrey from France. Mia from South Korea. Isaac from Idaho. The 3 Peruvians. Dan from NH, who is most definitely famous. What a great group of people. What a great weekend.

5. Lorenzo. the owner of B&B Maison. he is everything Italian. and hilarious every step of the way. Each night he cooked us dinner (with the great help of gourmet chef AJ Montgomery), and never failed to pour us each a glass of whiskey, or rum and coke. hmmm. thankful for isaac being able to drink mine. haha. oh Lorenzo.

4. the chocolate fair. an entire GIANT tent full of chocolate vendors. no better sight.

3. tea. B&B maison provided nightly tea. served sweetly in cow cups. no. seriously. which of course is my little dream coming true.

2. The quiet. Florence is MUCH quieter than Rome. much smaller. much quainter. everything is closer. everyone is nice. i loved it. i was such a great weekend getaway.

1. the trains. I am offiicially obsessed with riding trains. I dont think I will fly anywhere while here. sitting on a train, by the window, with a beautiful view cant be beat. especailly when it costs only 16 euro. thank you TrenItalia...

glad i get to go back two more times :)
love, Marcy