The Rome of childhood memories

Who’s that cute little girl, sitting confidently in St Peter’s square in Rome – why, roll back the years, that’s me! As a child my parents loved to travel, but my father being a university lecturer had long holidays but a small budget, so every summer we’d pack up the Morris Minor, bundle into the car in the middle of the night and head for Calais and the promise of adventures in Europe

Heather as a child visiting Rome

Heather as a child visiting Rome

I recently dug out this photo to illustrate a video interview I made for the good folks over at Tripfilms.com, the specialist travel video site where I’ve recently been posting a few of my videos. They decided they’d like to interview me on their blog for their Better know a member series and I decided that I’d do the interview in video to liven things up a bit. So do head over to the Tripfilm blog to see me talking about childhood memories that inspired me to travel, my favourite travel destination and tips for parents struggling to balance their travel aspirations and family life. You can see my Tripfilms interview here.

I can’t say that I remember much of Rome from my childhood visit although we took in all the usual suspects – the Colisseum, the Trevi fountain and St Peter’s Square. Most of what I know is from the stories my mother has told me since; About the friends they arranged to meet in the square but never found although they all swore blind they’d been there at the appointed place and hour; about the first visit to St Peter’s Basilica that had to be abandoned because my Mother was wearing a mini skirt, and about how I loved to tag on to guided tours in museums and churches. I went on to study history at University and I’d still a sucker for beautifully decorated churches.

The one thing I do remember from those European holidays is that we were allowed one ice cream a day – what  treat! and we’d start angling for it as early in the day as possible in the hope that there might always be a second one later. Funny what kids remember – It’s not always what you expect. When I asked my son what he liked about our trip to Rome, he said it was the cool shower in our hotel room.

Anyhow, do head over and take a look at my video and let me know what you think.

This photo is posted as part of Photo Friday hosted over at Delicious Baby – head on over to see some of the other Friday photos.

PS Thanks once again to Lastminute.com for putting me on their list of 50 favourite ‘Oh you lucky Bloggers’ – love you too and all the other lucky bloggers!

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  • Reply
    April 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I guess you can say how much the city has changed over the years. I think I remember the food more than anything. If it is something different than what mum made (and better tasting) I always remember for years to come.

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    Heather Carreiro
    April 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Love the photo! A parent’s role is so important in kindling a desire to travel and an awareness of other cultures in children.

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    April 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    That’s so great that you have these kinds of memories. I think every kid should be so lucky to grow up and remember there family travels. Thanks for sharing!

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    April 5, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I love seeing people’s childhood travel photos. I’d love to get into my parents’ stash of them one of these days and scan some of my own 🙂

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    April 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Great photo, its wonderful that you can look back on so many nice times shared with your family. When my little boy was asked what was good about our trip to the states was he replied “Dads steering wheel was on the wrong side of the car, Dad is silly” Love your site.

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    April 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    i love that photo – and your memories!

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    Sherry Ott
    April 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    the joys of growing up in Europe…I never saw Rome until I was 33 yrs old! I also had ice cream every day! Lovely memory Heather!

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    Mark H
    April 7, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Similar to Sherry, I first saw Rome when I was 26 and adored the whole history and buzz around the city. And also enjoyed a superb ice-cream every afternoon. It’s great to see older photos.

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    Johnny Vagabond
    April 7, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Awww… lovely photo!

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    April 7, 2010 at 7:12 am

    now we know where ‘n when you caught then travel bug 🙂

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    Donna Hull
    April 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    You are lucky to have such wonderful childhood travel memories. The ones from my youth are based upon car rides into the mountains to see the fall foliage or trips to a Florida beach in the summer. Perhaps that’s why I now have such itchy travel feet and seek exotic or off-the-beaten-path destinations.

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    April 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

    You are braver than me! As a child I had terrible permed hair, coke bottle lenses in my glasses, and awful crooked teeth. No way I’d post a picture of me back then.

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