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... lots of calls to the NavMan Help Line. Dick had to race off to get an International Drivers Licence. Anna came to dinner and tried to help download the maps on her computer to no avail. Fell into bed at 10pm & tried to sleep before our 3.30 am trip to the airport.
Thursday 15th May
Left Perth at 6am today & had 2 good but full, flights to Rome. It was a wonderful sight as we took off from Perth with the reflection of ...
... for them to be on their way. One van arrives to collect a gigantic Renaissance painting that has been restored in the little shop 3 doors down the lane. We look up and take in the ancient roman lettering on the window ledge above the shop. Pedro, from the hostelaria, delivers coffee to the upholsterer and lunch to Amedeo, the tailor next door. Local life goes on as it has for centuries, innured against the constant stream of startled ...
... Colosseum has been damaged by earthquakes and lots of marble that was used in the construction has been looted.
Next we went to the Roman Forum which is the center point around which Ancient Rome had developed. We spent around 40minutes with the guide who showed us the Arch of Titus, Temple of Saturn and the Temple of Vesta. We then had the option of staying and exploring on our own. I contemplated climbing up Palatine ...
... to process all this stimuli and to mentally lay out before oneself the sweep of history that was being unfolded - a sweep of history that is continuing and of which we are part.
So, what of Rome? When the historians plot their time-line of human history, Rome will be honoured as a marker. Something grand happened here; something that has influenced humankind since. It is my measurement of what makes anything, including cities, 'great'.
... the walls of these old buildings were. I wonder why they were so think. I also wonder what all the holes in the walls on the outside of the Colosseum are, not the windows. I asked Nan, but she couldn't remember. When I got to the hotel I was so excited, I couldn't sleep. Nan went to sleep but Papa and I went out for lunch and a walk. It is late in the afternoon now. We are all very ...
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