When in Rome

Dream trip of a lifetime for Sunnyside couple

The Vatican is every bit as grand The Honeyfords dreamed it would be. A tour inside took hours but was worth it.

Jim Honeyford
The Vatican is every bit as grand The Honeyfords dreamed it would be. A tour inside took hours but was worth it.

— For a few days in late December, Jim and Jeri Honeyford “did as the Romans do”, with a twist.

They toured all the sights the modern-day Rome resident takes for granted.

A visit to the capital of Italy has long been on the Sunnyside couple’s travel list.

In the past they traveled to Ireland and Scotland to visit his family’s roots. They also traveled to the Netherlands to see the homes where her family lived before coming to the United States.

Always in the back of their mind was the dream of touring the streets and landmarks of the world’s most famous city.

They spent three days during the Christmas holiday in Rome, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of the city.

“It was amazing to see how large the structures are,” she said.

Her favorite tour was of the Vatican.

“We always hear of the paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, but there are paintings on all of the walls and ceilings throughout the Vatican,” she said.

“I wanted to see more but my feet were just too tired,” she said after the couple’s tour.

She was also surprised by the magnitude of the Trevi Fountain. It has been famously featured in many films, “but none portray it as large as it is either,” Honeyford said.

“Jim took more than 500 photos,” said Jeri, but unfortunately, they didn’t take any of the two of them walking the streets of the famous city.

“We were afraid to hand our camera to anyone,” she said, but with good reason. Pickpockets were everywhere and of all ages.

She caught one female pickpocket red handed trying to unzip Jim’s camera bag, while hiding her action with a piece of paper.

“I saw what she was doing and snatched the paper away,” Jeri said.

“They were friendly as they tried to steal things,” she said

It’s just part of traveling, and the three days in Rome were worth the tired feet, to see all the wonders the city has to offer.

“It was a dream of mine to see Rome and it was wonderful,” she said.


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