Have you ever had one of those weeks where your life just sort of gets away from ya?
I got home on Saturday night from Rome. By the time I actually got to bed, it was 7am Rome time. I had been awake and traveling for about 26 hours. So this meant that Sunday was pretty much a wash for having anything productive happening. Tom and I actually went to Whole Foods together, but he had already been to the regular grocery store earlier in the day, so this trip was just filler. We got mostly cheese and bacon :) I was so tired that I think I just wandered and smiled :)
I unpacked, talked with my tenants, snuggled with the kitty, took a nap and watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. I DVRd the prime time coverage of the Olympics because it was just killing me that I was missing it, but I really couldn't complain too much - I was in ROME! and that folks, was great.
So that was Sunday and today is Thursday.
What happened to the week??
I have been on the computer a lot. An awful lot actually. I've been editing my photos from the trip and that seems to be taking a million hours. I have the Olympics on in the background, too.
I took a ton of pictures and I want to show them all to you.
How interested are you in seeing 1533 photos?
I didn't think so. That's a lot of crooked pictures.
Here's just a sampling of what I've gotten edited so far.
I had to edit out the crookedness. I swear, all of my photos are tilted about 2 or 3 degrees.
I think this is part of St. Paul Outside the Walls.. Love the row upon row of columns.
One of the churches that we visited had all of these little white heart confetti pieces all over the parking lot. It was Valentines Day, but I think the hearts were for a wedding.
Candles were seen in nearly all of the churches we visited.
...but some of the churches only had these electric ones.
Pyramid Cestius - Wikipedia info "The pyramid was built about 18 BC–12 BC as a tomb for Gaius Cestius Epulo, a magistrate and member of one of the four great religious corporations at Rome. It is of brick-faced concrete covered with slabs of white marble standing on a travertine foundation, measuring 100 Roman feet (29.6 m) square at the base and standing 125 Roman feet (37 m) high."
We drove by this on the bus, as it really isn't a touring kind of pyramid. It's sort of stuck in the middle of a wall now.
This is just an interesting section of one of the large doors of a church.
You can see how big this door is - Ann was one of my travel-mates. She's from Boston and I kept asking her to say "Leather" so I could have a laugh! She says "Letha" tee-hee!
Be sure and click on this photo to enlarge it. The pieces of glass are tied with a thick cording and hang like a strand of Christmas lights. It was truly unique.
Just some candy at a cash register.
This is believed to be the original manger that was used by baby Jesus. It took me a few minutes to find the wooden manger under all of the glass and gold, but it's there.
This was a cute sign inside of a department store that we visited.
Ahhh, the Sexy Shop!
I saw this as we were driving by on the bus.
Interesting bit of detail in an outside parking area.
We went to this very interesting overlook of the city. There was a war memorial there and maybe a hundred of these busts of men who were instrumental in the Italian military. This guy reminded me a bit of Colonel Sanders, so I thought it might be interesting to get his profile looking over the city.
The sign above (in the B/W photo) said that the Holy Stairs may only be climbed on ones knees.
I love a row a snowglobes. :)
and I'll end with a photo of me standing next to the River Tiber. I had someone take this with my camera so I'd be sure to have one photo at least!
The red windbreaker was my signature piece. I wore black the first day but on the second day when I wore the red jacket in the rain, it was just determined by the group that I was much easier to keep track of when I was in red. Not sure why I needed to be kept in line, but I went with it :) I usually wore my black jacket under this, so it worked out well. I was warm and visible.
Have a great weekend folks!