Hello, yes, we are back from the dead. Don't worry; nothing happened to us. Just Rome lacks the resources of the 21st century and Internet is a scarce resource that is denied from all those not possessing an Italian SIM card for their phone. Guess no tourists can entice future visitors with blog posts regaling their adventures. But to make up for lost time, we are now in Athens, Greece happily awaiting our next plane ride to Santorini, Greece. If you don't know of it, take a moment to google image its name and be prepared to be jealous. A recap of our life in Rome, though, since that is the subject of this post. We saw all of the major attractions: the Colosseum, the Vatican museums, St. Peter's basilica, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps, the Roman Forum, and much more less notable ruins dating from the second and third century. Here are a few of our favorite pictures:
So for all of the Catholics reading along, the Vatican was an impressive showing. While we were unable to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel, so you won't see 'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam', we did some other pretty ornate ceilings. So decorated that by the time we got to the Sistine Chapel, we were almost desensitized to the beauty of gold crowning and detailed frescos. But it truly was an amazing sight. And the sheer volume of art! I believe the Catholic Church is attempting a corner on all relics. We started going through three 400+ yard hallways completely full on each side of sculptures before seeing a 2000 year old Egyptian corpse de-mummified. Pretty neat stuff. And St. Peter's house was pretty surreal too. My pictures were pretty bad because it was dark and lofty, but we did see the Swiss guards! The Pope was busy though...
That's all from the Ruins of Rome! While overall, not our favorite Italian city, it was definitely full of history, action and some crazy people. For those of you who prefer Jon's take, don't worry; he will be back in Greece. And we will attempt to not be Pompeii-Ed by Santorini's very active volcano. Just kidding, Mom...
Until we meet again!
Until we meet again!