Rome surprised us and for the most part swept us off our hesitant feet. It was food that did it. Or maybe it was the ancient massive buildings, churches, piazzas, and fountains that seemed to be waiting for us around every corner. We walked most of Rome and were constantly taken back by its romance. At night it just got better especially as we wound our way down the tiniest cobble stone streets filled with families and couples eating, walking and just living. It was great to be apart of for a few nights.
Joel fell in love with the Trevi Fountain I fell in love with the gelato being sold next to it All jokes aside the fountain is amazing and wonderful to look at day or night but its more magical at night.
See what I mean by massive? This monument to some Emperor was insane! And beautiful.
I fell in love with the Pantheon as well as the fun walk to the pantheon and its small piazza. The 1st century building is breathtaking and it looms in between the narrow streets that lead to it.
This was my favourite fountain. The sinking ship right at the bottom of the Spanish steps.
Joel over looking Rome from this cool park we went to. Wherever we go we always have a knack for finding a park or, even better, a botanical garden. We love people watching the locals in their green space. This park was huge and it reminded us of what an old recluse’s stately garden might look like. There were ancient statues everywhere with missing limbs and with green moss all over them and sometimes hidden by over grown olive and magnolia trees. There were also old carousels with the paint chipping off, and ruined monuments that became part of the landscape. Crazy cool and a little creepy but what a view!
Me admiring Bernini’s masterful altar piece. A stained glass interpretation of the Holy Spirit with bronze rays surrounding it. This and the Caravaggio’s in the small Churches around Rome were stunning interpretations of biblical scenes that left us raw with emotional and contemplative hearts.
Another view of the Pantheon from the opposite side of the Piazza
Me outside of St. Peter’s basilica after running the gauntlet of museum tours; the Vatican museum, the Sistine chapel and then St. Peter’s Basilica. We sent ourselves a postcard from Vatican City just for kicks.
Actually our friend suggested that we send ourselves a postcard from everywhere we go, writing favourite memories on the back. When we get home we will have them waiting for us or maybe even still on their way. Hopefully we can keep this postcard thing up through our entire trip. It’s such a thoughtful idea.
Ending this post with Joel in the Colosseum which we thought was not worth the admission price. The Roman Forum, which you also get into along with Colosseum is quite the opposite. The ruins you see there are fantastic and rich with history; Julius Caesar, Titus and more.