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Walking the streets of Rome

Rome was the last leg of my 1998 Italy journey. I stayed near the Vatican during this time, my second trip to Rome, and I did the usual things like Colloseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and such, but was intent on visiting the Vatican in more detail than my previous visit. I can well appreciate the experience now, but sweating outside in the heat, waiting to visit the museum was not pleasant. Once inside it was like a cattle drive and pusing and prodding drove me deeper, past the turn off for the museum and straight to the Sistine Chapel. I remember that film scene in "Good Will Hunting" where the psychologist character played by Robin Williams, tries to get the misdirected character (who happens to be a mathematical genius) played by Matt Damon to see something beyond his own (prosaic) experience and asks him if he knows what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel.

Spanish Steps I
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM-gZintWDc

It's a scene that speaks of something good, but something relative too. I can tell you in the heat and tourist hoardes of July, the Sictine Chapel smells like Human Sweat! Yes it is also something beautiful to behold in life with your own eyes looking upward too. In further reflections, I walked the Circus Maximus - Just a depression with a joggers path now and a few ruins to remind one of the Chariot races (such as in Ben-Hur) like might have been in ages past. I saw the staue of Moses at San Pietro in Vincoli, which few tourists visit. I also followed an aqueduct one day, just because I was curious, and walked for a couple/few hours following it to one of the gates of Rome. These last few things (not so impressive on the surface) may have impressed me the most. Rome is always full of wonder. You could spend a lifetime here and still not see everything there is to see. I think that may be a certainty!

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Walking the streets of Rome
Walking the streets of Rome
Spanish Steps I
Spanish Steps I
Spanish Steps II
Spanish Steps II
The Column of Marcus Aurelius in P…
The Column of Marcus Aurelius in …
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument - I
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument - I
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument - II
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument - II
Roman Forum I
Roman Forum I
Roman Forum II
Roman Forum II
Roman Forum III
Roman Forum III
Colloseum
Colloseum
Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
The Pantheon
The Pantheon
Pantheon columns under the entrance
Pantheon columns under the entrance
Trevi Fountain I
Trevi Fountain I
Trevi Fountain II
Trevi Fountain II
Piazza San Pietro
Piazza San Pietro
St. Peters (under restoration the…
St. Peter's (under restoration th…
Cattle herd to the Sistine Chapel
Cattle herd to the Sistine Chapel
Statue of Moses at San Pietro in V…
Statue of Moses at San Pietro in …
Clock tower and Facade of Basilica…
Clock tower and Facade of Basilic…
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Streets of Rome - wandering...
Streets of Rome - wandering...
I forget what this one is (will po…
I forget what this one is (will p…
Porta Alchemica
Porta Alchemica
Porta Maggiore - Exploring Aqueduc…
Porta Maggiore - Exploring Aquedu…
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