WHO HOOO!! Well these are all the pics from Rome, the first leg of our Italy trip... We arrived at Gatwick Airport on Saturday afternoon and got in the MASSIVE security queue, and actually bumped into Trish & Leroy who were flying back to Canada that night as well! So we chatted with them for a bit before heading thru to have our heads er bags checked. Rome was beautiful, a bit intimidating and we definitely felt like strangers, but LOVED the food and the history. Every corner you turned there was an ancient something or other, usually in use or in the middle of a busy area and not roped off or in a museum somewhere, just an integral part of the city. Craziness. Imagine a 2,000 year old wall next to your bus stop!
There was a fast moving queue for the mouth of truth, so I had to photoshop both of us together into this one photo :) Legend has it if you are given to lying and you stick your hand in the mouth, your hand will be bitten off.... (Drew and I survived).
Beautiful old wall and cameo on our street
This guy was not impressed we only had like 2 euro change to pay him for taking 2 pics with us (I thought he was just kind of there advertising for some monument, didn't realize he was doing it for a job....) oh well, he was a jerk about it so I didn't feel so bad :P
Shouldn't his thumb be DOWN?
The Colliseum! (If I could spell it properly....)
How meaningful to see three crosses etched into the wall there
I believe this is an old pagan temple, next to the Colliseum
The bottom middle of the Colliseum
One of the entrances
View from the end... massive!
Drew enjoying the view
Despite all the flack, we're still around! ;)
My first Italian gelato! SOOOO good!!
View of the queue
Over 2,000 years of history.... overwhelming
Another shot of the skyline
Part of the Roman Forum
More of the forum
Large part of the old barracks/ludus of the gladiators I believe
Part of our hotel's street view
Love the old buildings... lots of character
Another view of that wall
The barracks, from the outside
More ruins near our hotel/Colliseum
OUR FIRST VIEW!
Forum and old villas on the hills
Beautiful newer buildings (and by newer I mean 17,1800's)
Fresh fruit stalls!
Walking around the city
This building is now a museum, but has below the memorial to the Unknown Soldier
Detail of a statue on the building
Churches in the distance
Flag in the sunlight
3,000 or so year old building
More interesting city views
Just standing around being ancient and impressive!
Old old church with columns still visible from ancient times!
Church over the Mouth of Truth
Bit of carving, latin of course
The Tiber River
Looking the other direction
Field where the Circus Maximus used to be (chariot races, Christian killings, etc).... a sober visit, but a reminder that God is faithful even when men try to get rid of Him.
How could I resist this window?
Old Roman palace near the Circus/Colliseum
There has to be an anna joke in here somewhere....
More buildings from ancient Rome
One of fifty million we saw that week!
Love the old colours
Gas stations are quick serve and drive thru!
Our hotel :D