When in Rome... Eat Gelato and Pizza...
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
91Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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We took in the classic sites... ate Pizza everyday... sometimes 3 times a day..
We also spent a few evenings hanging out at the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain... a highlight for the boys... always kissing and hugging... and lots of loving going on there... Italian style... It has historically been a meeting place for the beautiful and ambitious... One night, as we stood on the highest balcony of the Spanish Steps, we enjoyed a show of a couple having a spat... after waving her finger and calling him a few choice names... she walked away... only to turn around and find him sneaking behind a group of people... which led to a complex chase up and down multiple layers of steps and balconies... he would duck and hide... she would stop, look right... left... down through peoples legs... and somehow find him... diving straight through the pools of thousands... tracking him the whole way... It has been awhile since I have heard the boys belly laugh as hard as they did that night... needless to say they wanted to catch the next episode each evening... always hoping for a repeat performance...
We also slipped into many churches and cathedrals... always coming face to face with Mary... she is a powerful figure in Rome... and Italy for that matter... Mary has Jesus beat out at least 10 to 1 throughout the streets of Rome... for every statue or picture of Jesus... Mary has at least 10 dedicated to her... Nobody messes with the Italian Momma... and Mary is main one... Each building of worship we entered offered a peaceful and welcomed break from the heat and noise of the streets outside... not to mention the interesting artifacts found within..
Every morning I would wake before my family and slip off to a local coffee bar for a frothy cup of cafe latte or cappuccino... sipping it with the city workers that were getting juiced up to spend their day cleaning the streets and running the subway cars... Each city has a pulse that is all it's own... a pulse made up of locals, tourists and drifters... but I always find the early risers make up the heart... the heart that pumps that pulse... keeping everything moving... and alive... often the most interesting people... I like starting my day with them...
We all loved Rome... Our next journey... took the morning train to Naples...