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The Pantheon dome

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.

Apparently many temples from ancient Rome were saved by turning them into churces in a similar fashion, which I thought was interesting.

 

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.

Romes word? sex. Walking around the city seeing couples wrapped in each other's arms i saw not only romance, but raw passion displayed right there on the streets. Next to one of the many fountains i saw a couple cuddling on the steps. Greased dark hair and dressed nicely, a man in his 30's wrapped his woman in his arms as she admired her single rose. Beautiful. These people know how to live. Rome definitely has a personality displayed through its locals. There were "punks" and "preps" and and every type of person you could imagine. I even saw Superman! (I didn't know he lived in Italy) ;-) 

 

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... :-)

 

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The Pantheon dome
The Pantheon dome
Classic romance
Classic romance
Tibir River on a sunny day
Tibir River on a sunny day
On the East side of the river
On the East side of the river
Just outside the Pantheon...
Just outside the Pantheon...
The Pantheon! (ridiculously crowde…
The Pantheon! (ridiculously crowd…
At the bottom of the Spanish steps
At the bottom of the Spanish steps
Castel St. Angelo
Castel St. Angelo
Old ruins not open to the public
Old ruins not open to the public
The coliseum at night-about 5 vend…
The coliseum at night-about 5 ven…
Me and my new friends!
Me and my new friends!
My downfall of a cardgame (The guy…
My downfall of a cardgame (The gu…
Mark couldnt resist buying this m…
Mark couldn't resist buying this …
Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Oh Rome...
Oh Rome...
I even saw Superman! Whatre the o…
I even saw Superman! What're the …
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