What a trip.
Our trip to Rome, that is. We're back at home now, trying to overcome jet lag and to conquer the mountain of laundry. Here are just a few of my favorite photos from our time in Rome.
A rare photo of Jack and me! We always seem to be the photo-takers.
Jack and Lee at the Circus Maximus.
Lee and me inside the Colosseum.
St. Peter's Basilica.
Columns in the colonnade at St. Peter's.
Musicians in Piazza Navona (they were playing the theme from The Godfather!).
The famous status of the She-Wolf feeding Romulus and Remus.
Lee was not that impressed with this statue.
So what were my favorite things about Rome? Oh, boy. The wealth of art, to begin with. There are so many masterpieces, and you can get so close to them! Many of them are in the church buildings--works of Michelangelo, Bernini, Caravaggio, and so many others--it makes your head spin! And I love the way the ancient elements of the city are side-by-side with the modern and the contemporary. For instance, the best way to get to the Colosseum is to take the Metro (the subway). That Metro station is appropriately named "Colosseum"!
A real highlight of our trip was visiting Will at work one day--at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. Wow! I'd never been inside an embassy before. We had to go through several layers of security, including surrendering our passports, turning in our cell phones, and having our belongings x-rayed. I had a bottle of water with me, and the security guard made me take a drink before he'd allow me to bring it into the building! But what a thrill it was to look around the Embassy and talk to some of the Foreign Service staff there. We are so excited for Will to have this opportunity.
My very favorite thing about the trip, though, was seeing this:
Thanks for letting me tell you about our trip! Are you doing anything special this summer?