We have been blessed with one grandchild so far, Annelise, daughter of our second-born, Nancy and her husband of almost 5 years Hiram. Annelise was 15 months old when the three of them arrived in Rome for a visit two weeks ago. The last few months, we have seen her only in photos posted online and in video chat sessions. It was pure joy for us to hold her again, play with her, see the storm clouds rising occasionally, and watch her walk, play and dance. Nancy, Hiram, and Annelise are all a delight to have visit.
Annelise had a few new experiences here in Rome. She’s been on the bus in her stroller and sometimes in Mommy’s arms. She’s also been on the Metro subway. Sometimes the rides were pretty warm since they visited during a heat wave in June and July!
G-Mom’s scarf cooled in the Roman drinking water fountains and lain across Annelise’s shoulders kept her body temperature down!
Most of the time we walked and Annelise rode in her off-road stroller that was equipped with large diameter wheels which maneuvered well over the 4-inch square bricks along much of our path. Sometimes Annelise got to stretch her legs and use more muscles!
We spent a lot of time people-watching and sightseeing, on the way to adult museums, archeological sites, art exhibits and the many impressive churches. A children’s playground behind Castel Sant’Angelo provided a welcome diversion one day. Hiram found a museum online that he and Nancy thought Annelise would enjoy. Of course, all the adults enjoyed the day at The Explora Children’s Museum, as much as she did! Daddy and Grandpa took a while figuring out some of the older kid’s exhibits!
We tried to keep hydrated and fed and cool since we were on the go most of the day. Annelise liked just about anything she tried—especially pizza and gelato! And of course, water, water, water!
In the evening, it was a nice treat to go out for a gelato.
We saved the Vatican Museum until their last full day in Rome. After the museum, we enjoyed another outdoor dinner at a pizzeria.
By the end of their visit, we weren’t sure if we wore them out or if they wore us out!