Rina’s Return to Rome

As someone who studied abroad in Rome, I thought I had seen it all.  (Well, truly, I don’t think that’s possible – there’s an unending list of things to see in the Eternal City.)  On my recent return trip to Italy, I was wonderfully surprised and excited by all of the new things I was able to experience this time around.  And all the delicious Italian wine and authentic food we sampled.

Overall, Rome hasn’t changed much since I lived there 12 years ago.  We stayed in my old neighborhood and went to some of my old haunts like Remo’s Pizzeria (the best pizza in Rome).  When I was studying there, Rome was trying to build Metro Line C.  It’s still a work in progress as tunneling under the city has resulted in never-ending excavations as they dig up more history.  The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain – they’re all still there, attracting more visitors than ever, and they are truly amazing sights to behold.  But some of the unexpected and special activities we came across will make this trip most memorable for me:

  • Exploring the Colosseum at night with no crowds and a tour of the underground
  • Experiencing the virtual chariot race at the Circus Maximus
  • Visiting the long-off limits Palatine Hill for an incredible aerial view of the Forum and exploration of the imperial palace ruins
  • Climbing to the top of St. Peter’s dome
  • Descending into the Grottoes under Saint Peter’s Basilica to see the tombs of the Popes
  • Enjoying a glass of prosecco on Castel Sant’Angelo with a view of the Vatican in the distance

Similarly, in our travels south to Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast, more new experiences became highlights of our travels:

  • Viewing the unbelievably well-preserved frescoes in the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii
  • Boating to the Green (not blue!) Grotto on Capri to see the glowing aqua water
  • Getting sidetracked when driving the Amalfi Coast and discovering the wonderful seaside town of Maiori
  • Watching an unforgettable sunset over Positano on our last evening in Italy

I’m already excited for more new experiences when we make it back to Italy someday (we threw our coins in the Trevi Fountain, after all).  Of course, the thought of all that pasta and gelato doesn’t hurt either….

-Rina Van Orden, Esq.

Pam Visits Israel

Last month, Pam took some time out of the office to visit the Holy Land.  Pam made the pilgrimage to Israel along with fellow worshipers from Hope Church.  On her trip, she visited Bethlehem and the birth place of Christ, was baptized in the Jordan River, went to Nazareth and saw Armageddon, and sailed the Sea of Galilee.  She shared some of the photos from her life changing experience.

Kat Promoted to Partner

Gavin Law Offices, PLC is proud to announce that after her hard work and dedication, Kat Gavin has been promoted to Partner. We are looking forward to all we can accomplish as a team  with Kat in this position. Congratulations, Kat!

Katie’s U.K. Adventure

Our own Katie Van Schooneveld took some time out of the office in April, to travel in the United Kingdom, visiting many notable filming locations across Scotland and England. Below are a few photos highlighting her visit.

 

Katie visited Inverness, which of course is well known in the Outlander series (books and tv show), Katie was able to see the wedding dress of the Isabella MacTavish when she was married to Malcolm Fraser and listen to a Jamie Fraser look-a-like play the bag pipes in the town square.

Glencoe, Scotland is arguably one of the most famous filming locations in Europe. You may recognize the location of the photos above, but if not, that is where Hagrid’s hut was in Harry Potter! Also filled in this famous valley are scenes from Outlander, Game of Thrones, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Highlander.

If you are a Monty Python and the Holy Grail fan, you may recognize Castle Stalker above as the final siege scene in the movie.

Lastly Stonehenge, needs no introduction and is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.

-Katie Van Schooneveld

Pam Gavin Interviewed by CBS 6

Thanks to SonaBank P.O.W.E.R, on Wedesday April 10, 2019 our very own Pam Gavin was interviewed by CBS 6’s Jessica Noll. Tune in to the video here, to learn more about Gavin Law Offices, Pam’s journey to where she is today and to talk about the importance of having a great team.

https://wtvr.com/2019/04/10/sonabank-p-o-w-e-r-believing-in-the-power-of-you-7/

Pam Gavin began her legal career at two “mega” firms before building her own firm Gavin Law Offices, PLC – we’re sitting down for a second cup with Pam to learn more about her firm, what drives her and how the Sonabank POWER program helped her to achieve it. Jessica Noll – WTVR CBS 6 #vtmsecondcup #vtmsecondcupwithjess #sonabank #sonabankpowerprogram

Posted by WTVR CBS 6 News on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

 

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