Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rome was not built in a day,

nor could you see all there is to see here in a day,..or a week, or a month.
First stop, Roman Forum, the building blocks of emperors.
Luckily it was "cultural week" in Rome, so lots of entrance tickets were free. Leaving a little extra money for gelati breaks here and there.



Wandering to the Colosseum, we told the kids about the Roman legend. "So long as the Colosseum stands, Rome will stand; and when Rome falls, so will the world." The gigantic sports arena looming over the ancient empire's monuments proved to be a spectacular stop. History here is glory and gore. An emperor's  'Thumbs down' in this arena had serious consequences. Leading to a whole new meaning when mom gives thekids a 'thumbs down'! 






No matter. Travel can make you tired.


Ahhh- for lunch a little pizza! A welcome, tasty break to exploration.




Touring in April seemed a good idea in Rome, as summer temps reach well into 100*F. 
Still, our days here were very sunny and warm. The streets were already crowding with lots of people while the touring moved from low season to high season. The increasing crowds became even more evident at the Pantheon. So stopping at refreshing fountains and breaking for gelati became priority during our visit.





When in Rome we proposed to do what Romans do...
'a gelati a day'.



Then on to the famous Trevi Fountain for more myth and legend.
(If you throw a coin into the Trevi fountain, tossing the coin with our right hand over your left shoulder, with your back to the fountain, you'll ensure a return trip to Rome.)
There were apparently a lot of other folks hoping to return to Rome...

 The Trevi Fountain was a highlight for the kids. They loved the sculpture, the cool sound of the water rushing, people watching, and the fun of trying to make their wish of a return to Rome come true....
Stella's toss was smooth and quick.
 Addie seemed to have to concentrate to coordinate right hand over left shoulder.
Emory had a hard time keeping his back to the fountain- as if he wanted to follow that coin right into the water.

And for Arleigh, well if details on this myth are important, and right hand over left shoulder is necessary, we can count on this being Arleigh's last trip to Rome. He did more of a jiggle jig and toss to get his coin over his back (and around his side) into the fountain.

Once we dropped our coins, we headed for the Spanish steps.
Atop the steps, we admired the local artists painting and selling their works.


Then headed back to the tent to fill bellies and rest weary feet for another day.



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