Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Et Tu, Drew? The ITALY Trip!

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).


Me :D


Drew :)


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


Looking across


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


Profile


Church bells


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


Viva Italia!


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!


Uber-detailed stonework


Church over the Mouth of Truth


Bit of carving, latin of course


Alt!


The Tiber River


Looking the other direction


Italian graffiti


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!


And again...


Love the old colours


Gas stations are quick serve and drive thru!


Our hotel :D

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