I think my feet may fall off! (and I saw Superman!)
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My first morning in Rome was even more excited to explore. Refusing to pay for transportation and risk missing anything, I walked…everywhere. By the time I had to rush back to Roma Termini I vowed I wouldn’t walk for another week after that weekend, but all that walking let me see what I’ll never forget. Seeing living history, where Romans fought to the death and conspired to take over the world (and nearly did), was more amazing than I can describe. Being in a city nearly 4,000 years old does something to your perspective. Everywhere I looked there was another magnificent monument or church or garden or statue. The Pantheon was pretty cool, though not as big as I had expected. Its dome, at 43.4m, just slightly smaller of a dome than in the vatican, (out of respect) was first built by August's son-in-law, and is said to be harmonious in that the distance from the floor to the dome is exactly the same as the diameter of the dome) In order to save this ancient temple from Pillage, Byzantine Emperor Phocas donated is to the pope, who turned it into the Chiesa de Santa Maria in 609.
After crossing the Tibir River to see the Vatican City (needed its own blog) and Castel Saint Angelo, I made my way to the Spanish Steps then back to the shopping area of the city. I spent my afternoon eating gelato and people watching. The Italians seem to like each other a lot, to put it lightly; PDA isn't an issue here. In the book Eat Pray Love the main character's friend says that every city has something in its' character that makes it unique and can be described in a word.
On my way back to the terminal I tried, rather unsuccessfully, to find the Fontana Di Trevi. It was the last monument I really wanted to see. In my attempts, I ended up completely turned around and ended up, once again, at the Piazza Del Porollo, about 25 blocks from where I needed to be. I tried not to panic, and made it to my bus just in time! Whew that was close! I'm sure many of you can relate to almost missing a flight, train or bus. Now I was just hours away from my epic birthday celebration on the airport floor...
Next time I'm in Rome I need to take time to shop... :-)