April 27, 2008 12:50 pm Rome
The weather is perfect. Sunny and warm. Blue skies, but of course no blue sea. Waaaa. We sit in the shade of a small unknown side street and write on our postcards while we wait for nourishment to arrive.
We’ve spent the day so far meandering across the city, finally landing in S. Ignazio di Loyola where we heard a choir of boy angels rehearsing for a concert. A stroke of sheer luck. Their voices rose and fell all around us, pure and clear.
We’ve visited more churches than we can keep track of. Each offers something slightly different to see and most have only a few visitors inside. The outside can be dull and grey, but the insides are impossibly ornate. Every surface gilded with gold, life-like statues of the saints springing to life behind every marble column, and splashy frescoes creating optical illusions on the domed ceilings. At each church we sit in polished pews and marvel at the lavish decor.
Later, we reached the Trevi Fountain where we giggled like school girls, tossed coins over our shoulders, and snapped photos of ourselves. Some cliches are meant to be enjoyed.
April 27, 2008 3:52 pm Sunday at Giolitti’s eating Rome’s best gelato (!)
Sat on the Spanish Steps to absorb more Roman ambiance, although with all the tourists it’s doubtful we accomplished much other than to see the splendid pink azaleas overflowing from every container. Lovely. Still, there are plenty of places in this ancient city to lose oneself on narrow streets and become absorbed in SEEING. Especially in the early morning and at night Rome opens wide and offers itself up to hours of aimless strolling. Next, we headed directly to the Tiber and Via Umberto bridge where sister lay atop the bridge to rest for a spell.
The river is a glassy green and slow moving. Small bands of ducks float around. Sea gulls cackle overhead laughing at our self-timer photo tricks. With 3 guidebooks, 5 maps, and a good pair of KEENS a lot of Rome can be seen. A good day of wandering.
hot ricotta cake fresh from the oven anyone?