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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Roma, Part Two






I am..
as I am sure you understand, 

dear reader...



Ornamental stone cap at the Spanish Steps




wading through photos...

with so many deadlines
including holidays
fast approaching..

I wanted to get one more
travelogue in on the blog before
I start posting 
other news and events..










We visited a few magnificent sights..
and as always, I am captivated by cobblestones..
thinking about all the people that walked before me..









the Spanish Steps
is a famous spot 
to meet people..
artists used to look for models here..
and it has since become a meeting place for locals
and just a great place to hang out and people watch..

as well as an ancient 
tourist stop..





I found an open air book and paper market,

and then we continued our tour
with the 
Pantheon










which is stunning 
and it was packed with tourists.








once a beautiful pagan temple..
it is now of course a church..







looking up....




looking down....


Old and new stones live side by side..


and looking out...






looking through...







from the Pantheon...


yes the days were packed...

we headed off to the 

Colosseum.. 






which is as spectacular as you might imagine...
the size is unbelievable ...
and the age is mind boggling..

even more amazing are the water battles that took place
inside with ships fighting it out..









old and new, 
fragments of statues
incorporated in new works..

I was taken with the juxtaposition 
everywhere with the antique and modern..







we found a lovely restaurant..
across from the behemoth











and we

 enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine...








while we watched the sunset
through
the colosseum ...

not a bad way to spend a sunset
eh?



ciao, ciao!




10 comments:

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I've not yet been to Italy. Perhaps one day. I do love cobblestones and the old architecture, so much more characterful than the modern world. Looks like this was a wonderful day from beginning to end.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

If you accomplished all that in a single day, I can't wait to see the other days! You must have been on the go from morning to sunset.

These are fantastic photos, and I enjoyed your explanation of the event, too. Beauty in both areas!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Thank you for this installment of "Roma 2016". I am like you a lover of cobblestones and these are magnificent!

Kim Henkel said...

Love your images....both the street views, close ups and patterns. Thank you for sharing!

Caterina Giglio said...

hi Tammy, I do hope you get to go sometime, it is so amazing, and you are right, it was a splendid day! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi E, yes, it was non stop and we shot video for a new you tube account, you will see how tired I was.. big bags under the eyes!! Jet lag and non stop travel! But it was a glorious adventure!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Mary Ann, the were such splendid cobbles, and such a variety!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks for stopping by Kim! So glad you liked Rome, through my eyes! x

Deb said...

What a fun look at Italy . Love the cobblestone pictures - my obsession is doors and windows.
A couple of glasses of wine while watching the sunset in Italy - divine!

Steve Kloch said...

such fantastic perspectives in life and mind.. treasure what do touch and create caterina giglio..

xo

lana cano kloch