Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Week in Roma, Part II

I don't know about you, but sometime since graduating college I have totally lost all concept of time. Formerly, I was able to distinguish between regular-year-time and summertime, but these days it seems everything just blends together and before you know it, you're staring down the nose of your ten year high school reunion. Ok, that's dramatic and my 10-year isn't for three more years, but still.

Plus with all the rain in Atlanta, it feels even more like summer hasn't come and time has officially escaped me. I feel like I blinked and it has been nearly three weeks since we returned from Rome, yet I've only just now gotten all photos uploaded and somewhat sorted (to the dismay of family members and friends who have asked repeatedly to see what we saw while in the Eternal City). Hopefully better late than never remains true.
Quick notes: St. Peter's Basilica was hands-down my favorite place we visited (so beautiful!). Ryan and I came to the conclusion that we just don't breed talent like they did in earlier centuries. Michelangelo: a painter, a sculptor and an architect? I mean, come on! Plus the sheer size of the Basilica was breathtaking.
We also visited the Catacombs of St. Sebastian which was a healthy mix of intrigue and terror. We weren't allowed to take photos, but I was too busy waiting for the 2000 or so year old underground walls (and 80,000+ bodies) to cave in on me so it's cool.

Religious relics, churches and decor never got old for me. I was amazed by so much of it, like the photo of the stairs below. These are (allegedly) the stairs Jesus walked to be tried by Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, brought over to Rome in the 4th century by Constantine's mother. There are 28 steps and visitors are graciously allowed to climb them, but you have to do so on your knees. The steps are covered in wood to protect the original marble, so if you're following along: ouch, but totally worth it.
Other things that didn't get old? Gelato and pasta and pizza, though I was rarely able to finish an entire serving (about a pound) of pasta after our typical meat and cheese platter starter and loaf or two of bread.
I feel very grateful for such a wonderful time in Rome. Being able to see such important parts of history was incredible and I can't wait to see more of this beautiful world one day!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to Rome. It was by far the most amazing city I visited while in Europe. The beauty and history... I hope you got to see Mamertine Prison near the Roman Forum and Colosseum. This is where Peter and Paul were imprisoned. The inside is a museum or something now so we didn't go in but just seeing it was spiritual. Love Roma!