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July 22, 2011

My Happy Place: Roma!

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It's been an interesting summer filled with twists and turns at every corner. Some pleasant, some not. When I need to focus my mind on positive things I go to my happy place. No, not the upholstered seating at my local Jimmy Choo boutique (although that's nice too). I go to Rome. Roma! My absolute favorite place.

Rome is a city as deeply connected to its past as it is the future. Modern citizens zip around with the latest fashions and smartphones on chic Vespas as they pass ancient ruins lining centuries old cobblestone streets. It is a feast for the senses and my Mecca, if you will.

As an art history addict and an avid photographer, this city offers more than can be consumed in a short period of time. Add to that, fast fashion, well heeled people from all over the globe and grand things (both old and new) around every corner, and you've created the ultimate destination for a girl like me. The Chanel boutique at the base of the Spanish Steps flanking the world famous Berninin fountain sums up why I love this great European destination: the best life has to offer, both old and new. With breathtaking views at every corner.

After our first time in Rome, we found ourselves to enchanted that we booked a return trip not quite 12 months later. That time we lingered in the region for several week, taking in all that Italy had to offer. Even after weeks in a rented Roman apartment, my thirst for the area was not quenched. I eagerly await our return to this great, majestic city.

Fortunately, Tablet hotels wants to award a winner (me, please!) a five night all expenses paid trip to my favorite city and will enjoy the lovely Hotel Capo d'Africa. The historic building was once a school. Now all they teach is the art of leisure and luxury. The rooftop terrace is not to be missed, offering panoramic views of The Colosseum and all that Roma has to offer. The attentive staff will have you forgetting your name and your place or origin. And true to the rest of the city's study in contrasts, accommodations are as modern as one could hope for despite the building's antiquated facade.

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What the beautiful people are saying...

I had my first amazing experience in Rome this spring and, I have to say, it really spoke to me, too. What a life-changing thing it would be to get to live there for a while - but another trip would be nice, too :)

Sarah, some trips are life changing. We flew into Rome and quickly took the train down to the Amalfi Coast. We spent half a week or so down there (a repeat destination as well) and really enjoyed catching up on our sleep as we gazed out at the Bay of Naples. Capri is so easy to access that we went several more times. After we were rested and ready we ventured back to Rome where wed rented an actual apartment. Ill never forget that little place. It was very close to the Spanish Steps and offered such a lovely slice of life. Theres nothing like buying your own fresh food at the market each day and cooking it in a half-equippped Ikea kitchenette! So much fun. Each time we go we return 10lbs lighter from all of the walking! Regardless of what we eat, we still manage to slim down. Cobblestone walking is no joke!

Looks very comfortable! !

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