Tomorrow my husband and I embark on our late (but worth the wait) honeymoon! We will be gone for almost two weeks, exploring the mountains of Switzerland, and the ancient cities of Rome and Pompeii! We have put lots of planning into this trip, and are so excited.
We arrive in Switzerland early Thursday morning, where we will hang out in Zurich for a little while. Then we get a car a drive to the majestic mountainous town of Interlaken. From there we will end up in Lugano which is right near the border of Italy. In this part of Switzerland, there is an exotic mix of cultures, Swiss and Italian. The town and area surrounding looks like a Mediterranean fantasy land. So beautiful! After that, we take a train to the ancient, famous city of Rome.
Rome is a place I've dreamed of going for a very long time. To be in the same place of this ancient powerful culture, to be among the sacred temples and places of worship, where history was being made, is something that is very meaningful to me. I cant wait to feel the energy in this ancient city!
Of course we will be doing your typical touristy type stuff. Colosseum, The Forum, The Vatican, and the Baths of Caracalla. We will also be visiting various sites on Palatine and Aventine Hills. Such as the Temple of Cybele, Temple of Diana and the Temple of Minerva. Actually, two of these temples are no longer there anymore (Diana and Minerva), but we will be visiting the spot where they once stood. So I can stand in the very same place, the ancient priestesses of Diana stood, and pay homage to her greatness.
We will also be taking a day trip out to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast. I am so incredibly excited for Pompeii! The story and history of this place has always intrigued me. It is said to be the best preserved ancient city known. There is also a temple to Isis in Pompeii (pictured above), that Im dying to see! In Italy and many other areas around the ancient world, a mixture of cultures and deities occured, and in many places they incorporated foreign deities into their own practice. Such as the worhsip of Isis. Not only was she worshipped in Egypt, but in Rome and Greece. There was even evidence of her worship in other parts of Europe. The great thing about this, is that her temple in Pompeii is still very much intact, and is wonderfully preserved!
We then relax our last day in Italy before we return home. With another great experience to add to our lives! We are both so excited for this trip, and feel so lucky to have the opportunity to visit such beautiful places. I cant wait to share my new stories and experiences with everyone when we return!
Photo courtesy of PhilipHarland.com