Friday, August 31, 2012

Rome at a Glance -Part 3 (of 3): Vatican

If this is the first of the three of my Rome posts you're seeing, here's what I've done. I looked through (and loved!) a bunch of photos (more than 600!) that my kid B took in Rome while on vacation with my sister K. They had a blast and I'm so glad they were willing to share with us!

Part three is all about the Vatican. What an amazing place! Here, you can see for yourself.

 mosaic floor!

awe-inspiring paintings

You can climb the stairs or take the elevator to the top of the dome

 and look out.

The new world emerging out of the old

The famous three streams of light in the Sistine Chapel

Have you ever been? Would you like to ? I know I would.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rome at a Glance -Part 2 (of 3): Fountains and villas and ruins (oh, my!)


While in Rome, K and B enjoyed a day trip to the town of  Tivoli, about 30 kilometers outside of Rome. They got to visit Emperor Hadrian's villa, Villa Adriana, which is so vast it's like a town of its own.

You can stop at this small cafe to rest your feet and refuel

then keep exploring

This is what remains of the Amphitheater.

While the statue in the back is a replica, these columns are original! 

Not to be confused with the Eiffel Tower :)

Ever feel like this?

Do you think people from those times so long ago could imagine we would be fascinated with the way they lived? Makes me wonder what my legacy will be...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rome at a Glance -Part 1 (of 3): By Foot and Metro

My sister K took my kid B to Rome this summer! 
B came home with 600+ fabulous photos, which I narrowed down to a couple hundred. And then narrowed down some more. I still couldn't fit them here, so I'm giving you a sampling in three parts.
It takes time to see all the many faces of this ancient city, but it is possible to catch a good glimpse in a few (packed) days, like K and B did. Bring decent walking shoes when you go.

Now just look very carefully and make your own observations. I mean it's Rome!

Narrow street view from hotel


The Federal State Building on Piazza Venezia.
Il Vittoriano, honoring Italy's first king Vittorio Emanuele II.
Climb the stairs -totally worth it to have a closer look at the enormous statues and intricate carvings.

Spanish Steps

 Trevi Fountain - a perfect spot to end your day with a night-time snack

I hope we get to visit, too. After all, it's where all roads lead!