Rome Ho!

Shockingly, it’s been three years since Julie and I went on our last big trip, our voyage to Egypt. Further, a year and a half ago, Andy went to Italy. A year ago, Kate and Diana went to Italy. It’s getting so that Julie and I are left out of the family conversation. All of which is to say, going to Italy has become a necessity.

So here we are now. After a day of many transit delays, we are here.  (Yes, many transit delays.  Late planes, missed connections, screaming babies on red-eyes.  All the joys of modern travel, with the only consolation being that a hundred years ago it would have taken a week-long ocean voyage to get to Europe, not an annoying day of airport roulette.)

In any event, we had a nice afternoon wandering around Rome near our hotel. Though all in all, some of the things we saw were a bit disappointing. For example:


The Trevi Fountain is a lot less impressive when there’s no water in it.



The Spanish Steps lose some of their romance when there’s several hundred people sitting on them.



Augustus’s Tomb is a pile of dirt with some trees growing around it.


But Rome does have its consolations, chief of which is that everywhere you look, there’s:

– An amazing statue in front of a old church:


– A relic of the Roman days (in this case, Marcus Aurelius’s column):


– A cool fountain, many of them with actual water:



– A beautiful woman standing in front of a bunch of latin inscriptions:


Though I have to admit, the thing that I find most entertaining in Rome (other than the beautiful woman, anyway) is the way they incorporate their ancient history into their day-to-day existence.  For example, this is what a drain cover looks like in Rome:


And this is the city’s Logo on the side of police cars:


(For those not up on their Roman history, that’s the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, a key detail in  Rome’s founding myth.)

And of course, there’s gelato.  Lots and lots of gelato, sold on every corner.

So all in all, it’s a good place to visit.  And we’re just getting started.




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