Rome Travel Blog› entry 27 of 31 › view all entries
Like I said before, I am absolutely ENAMOURED with Rome! I can't believe I am leaving today.
I have spent the past couple of days in an orgy of museums, ruins, Romans, Emporers, Christians, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, wine wine wine, and food food food.
Sunday was our Roman Empire day - the boys (Jim & Danny) and I spent the day exploring the Colleseum, Roman ruins, and other must-see sights of Rome. Everywhere we went was crawling with tourists like us, but regardless of the crowds, I loved it. (And yes, I took pictures, Mom.) I was not by myself, so I couldn't lost myself in the Past like I have done, but it was fun to converse the boys on the history of the Roman Empire.
Yesterday, we ventured into the Vatican City. What an amazing place. I kind of ditched the boys because they were intent on conversing about the fallacies of religion and the crimes commited by the Church. Fair enough - but I didn't want to talk about it. I am Roman Catholic and I don't consider myself religious but I have come to... love (like? appreciate?) the spirituality and faith I carry. The Vatican City is... humbling. Inside the Church, I said lit an offering and said a prayer for Grandma. I thought she would like that.
As I am writing this, I find that I am reluctant to share my experience in the Church, not because I don't want to share but because... it's personal. So I am going to stop now.
The Sistine Chapel, in all honesty, was kind of a let down. I was shoulder to shoulder with tourists all looking up and the entire chapel was dark in an effort to preserve it. But it is nice to say I've been there. The Vatican Museum though - OH! Everybody knows the Church has an extensive collection of antiquities they are reluctant to share but even the ones they do, are awesome. It is a jumbled mess mess of ancient Greek and Roman art, Baroque design, some pieces from Ancient Eypt, and scientific pieces the Church once (still does?) considered blasphemy. There is no real order to the museum, but it is still worth the time.
Other than that, Rome has been an orgy of food and wine. I resolved that as long as I am in Rome and Paris, I am only drinking wine.
Anyway, I'm getting hot in this Internet Cafe. And I must go say goodbye to Rome. The boys left to go home to Greece a couple of hours ago. I was really sad.
I am on the road again! I am on my own again!