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“Et tu Brute?” To me, Caesar was a Shakespearean figure, but as we walked through Ancient Rome, I felt like I could imagine Julius himself and hundreds of Toga-bearing Romans wandering around the ancient meeting places, temples and arches. The Roman Forum, while a bunch of rubble and ruins, gave a good picture of life during the Roman Empire.
After taking a picture at the Colosseum, it somehow felt official that I was truly in Italy! Rick gave grotesque audio of gladiator matches and shows that were once played out in this…well….colossal theatre. The wonders of how such a mammoth structure was built SO long ago….and still stands is mind boggling. After some Italian cocktails, pasta and cappuccino, we treked over to the Pantheon. While it was under restoration in the front, it was easy to see the grandeur of this temple. As we walked through the giant (and supposedly original?) doors, our eyes were immediately pulled skyward. An immediate, “wow!” escaped my lips as this was bigger than I could have imagined from the outside. Yet again, Rick led us through unique details of this still used church.
After several stops at various restaurants for some vino, bruschetta and fried mozzarella, we again hit a popular Gellatoria then made our way to the Trevi Fountain. At night, there were swarms of people kissing, making wishes and eating ice cream. It was a beautiful night vision. Hopefully, it is true that a coin in the fountain will ensure a trip back to Rome!
Next up was the Spanish steps, which seemed like….a bunch of steps??? I didn’t get the hype of it, maybe we missed something, but at least I can say I was there, right?
Next up? Getting lost in Rome. Woops. Instead of getting back around 12:30, an hour later, we finally droopily hobbled into the room. My aching feet and legs could not have welcomed a bed more!
Advisory: Gross Content!; Luckily, I had not heeded the advice of the internet to just let my blister heel. Straight pin and lighter in hand, I drained that sucker out. My feet could not thank me enough as we unevenly stepped from one uneven cobble to the next. But my body would not be content with being comfortable, so I replaced the blisters with nice, pink sun kissed shoulders. I guess I should have re-applied the sunscreen!!!
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