Roman People


Why is this group smiling at the top of the Spanish Steps? Because they have no idea what's going to happen to them today... it's the "Rome Death March 2000!" From left to right: Bill 1, Clark, Loretta (what's she looking at?), Bill 2, Shiela, some guy, Rhon, Andrea and Reggie.

The group in front of SMM. They've somehow ditched the weird guy in the back of group photo one above and replaced him with Todd. Sight 1 is complete - we can all tick Santa Maria Maggiore off our lists of must-see things we've seen. Two kilometers down, eighteen more to go. Heh heh heh.

We went up onto the second floor of the Coloseum and eventually gathered at the extreme southern end to try to absorb it's magnificence. At least, that's what I was doing, anyway. I think Clark was talking about work with someone. Here are Bill 2, Loretta and Sheila contemplating ancient Roman life and hoping that they would not have been looking up at the crowd from the floor of the arena if they'd been living back then.

My favorite building in Rome - the Pantheon. I enjoy going in first and then watching the faces of everyone else as they walk in for the first time. The expressions are usually one of jaw-dropping amazement. Here's the movie Todd made.

The Arch of Constantine from the second floor of the Colosseum.

Michelangelo's Pieta, in Saint Peter's. The scaffolding is finally removed and we can walk up to it again. An amazing sculpture, created when he was only 25 years old.

We walked up into the dome and eventually ended up on the outside, on the cupola. What an incredible view. It was late in the day and the sun was at a low angle; it lit up Saint Peter's Square and the northern end of town with a deep rich glow. An amazing experience, truly.

Here's a candid profile of yours truly on the roof of St Peter's.

The gang all went out to Ostia Antica on Saturday and had a good time. Here are Loretta (looking cold, as usual) and Rhon examining a place they would have no doubt spent a lot of time in had they been ancient Romans instead of modern Yanks - the thermopolium. The thermopolium is a fancy name for a cafe/bar. The washed out white thing in the near foreground is a small jar affixed to the counter top of the bar.

Here're Bill 2, Dennis and an innocent bystander exploring the thermopolium.

Bill 1 posing with an ancient Egyptian sculpture.