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... at our apartment for the next 3 days, where we dropped our stuff and walked just 5 minutes down the road to the Colosseum.
Despite it now being cold and dark on a January evening, there were still many people outside, and we of course took many group shots behind the illuminated building. Having left our selfie stick at home it was actually handy that there were Bangladeshis selling them. ...
... to the guys in the restaurant next door, the landlord was called and on his way. While we waited, we continued getting to know our new German friends a little better.
Upon arrival, the landlord (in somewhat of a grumpy mood) took us into the apartment. Now it is important to understand what a flat or an apartment in Rome means. First, and I am sure all of you know this, the ground floor of most (if not all) buildings are commercial. The apartments start ...
... preparation, I found myself in Sacre Speco, the cave or grotto where Benedict lived for some years. The Abbey has been built around it over the centuries. It is small. A white marble statue of Mary has been placed in it. This statue has one silver foot. This is because pilgrims touch the foot of the statue out of deference and this means the marble wears away. The same problem happened to the statue of St Peter in the Vatican. Now Peter has no foot! Secondly, a marble ...
So how do we get to the Australian Consulate in Rome, from the centre of Rome. Bus of course. Sure, no problem, for a Roman, who knows the bus system, but for us, nuh uh...it seemed much too complex, especially compared to the simplicity of Hong Kong. Even though I couldn't understand a word of Chinese, or read it, Hong Kong was easy, kinda pictorial. I could however understand and speak some Italian, but that didn't matter.. I still had no idea.. Back to the cab ...
... down old buildings, but to re-purpose them, which is why Italy has so many ancient sites.
Next stop was at the Church of San Pietro which houses the chains that the angels caused to fall away from St. Peter. For us, the most impressive item was the statue of Moses that took Michelangelo 30 years to sculpt. It was magnificent; his hand intertwined in his beard was so lifelike as was his fury that his people had begun to worship ...