Thursday, February 28, 2008
When you need to wee wee
You see a bathroom -- whoopee!
You have no modesty,
Less than in the Odyssey.
The pipes are made of lead
So you'll find yourself dead.
In there it was so cold
There may have been mold.
Where would be all the poo
If there were no sewer below you?
The world is full of so many gross things,
We Romans will never be kings.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
I went to the 5:00 Mass this evening at St. Peter's, which was celebrated at the "altar of the chair," which stands before Bernini's exquisitely over-the-top sculpture of the chair of Peter, symbol of his authority and the authority of his successors.
For this feastday, they cover the sculpture with candles; I was only able to get a blurry photo:
OK, so it's not really a feast day for a piece of furniture, but rather one that celebrates the role of Peter and his successors in strengthening the faithful, but the furniture does get a lot of attention.
The Mass was very nice, with music by Palestrina and large clouds of incense, which always makes me happy.
The famous statue of Peter by Arnulfo di Cambio (it's the one that everyone touches/kisses the foot of) was specially decked-out for the occasion.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
We saw alot of cool things at the Vatican museum.
including this map of Italy.
and the School of Athens
My dad got yelled at for taking this picture of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
There were alot of cool statues.
The next day we went to the Borghese museum and gardens. The museum used to be the palace of Cardinal Borghese, who was a big patron of Bernini and Caravaggio. You aren't allowed to take pictures in the museum, so we don't have any pictures to post, but everything was amazing.
After the museum, we went for a walk in the Borghese gardens.
We rented a couple of pedal carts, and rode around in them for a while before heading home.-Thomas
We have had a marvelous week of exploring Rome high and low with Sophie's very dear friend, Ella Gensheimer, who is here visiting us. We haven't had much time to write, but we'll let the pictures do the talking....
Fun in the Borghese Gardens....
"Friends, Romans, Countrymen...." Sophie and Ella at the Rostra, the scene of Marc Antony's famous speech about Julius Caesar (the Shakespeare version):
Umbrella pines and palatial ruins on the Palatine Hill.
Ella contemplating great architecture and blood sports.