|Seriously, why couldn't I capture that golden light?|
I don't want to bore you with details, but I thought I'd share some observations and/or fascinating facts that I picked up along the way.
|The colors of Italy--a room in Pompeii.|
- Modern Romans have absolutely no fear of death or decapitation by speeding vehicle. Seriously, they're more aggressive than Boston drivers. I saw one motorcyclist dressed in a three-piece suit go the wrong way on a major street for a long time because, I assume, he had decided his lane was moving too slowly. He played chicken with the driver of the taxi we were in--and the taxi driver never even slowed down as the cyclist came within millimeters of a head-on collision. Close calls like that took place about every five feet.
|Professor Mario--best guide, EVAH!|
|Wait, they BBQ-ed the beasts?|
|How do you say, "Squee!" in Italian?|
|Sorry Bernini, catch ya next time...|
- Caroline Lawrence was right, Ostia was glorious and virtually empty compared to Pompeii. It is really stunning how well preserved it is. I now feel compelled to read all of her Roman Mysteries again so I can picture Flavia and Jonathan and the gang romping through their home city.
|"Victory is finally mine!" DQC crowed.|
"How's that?" I asked.
She rolled her eyes, then said (slowly for my sake), "Does he have an action figure made in his image?"
"So I'm more famous. Which means I win." I did not argue with her, though I did get very strange looks from the security guard during her photo shoot.
Rome was simply amazing. I can't wait to go back.