S: Our Honeymoon in Italy, May 2011
BC: Our Very Sweet Ride
FC: Belle D'Italia!
1: We spent 10 unforgettable days in Italy, touring Rome and the country's breathtaking port cities of Ponza, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Giardini Naxos, and Lipari. Here are some of our favorite memories. ~ Michael and Teresa
2: The ruins of the Roman Coliseum, Forum and the Pantheon were magnificent. | Their design and beauty rival anything built in the modern world.
4: Remember The Ides of March! This is the Roman Senate, where Julius Caesar met his untimely demise on the steps.
5: Julius Caesar was cremated here
6: Wealthy families had reserved seats at the Coliseum. Names are carved onto the marble below.
7: Many of the people on the trip with us were engineers. They spent a lot of time learning how the Romans built these amazing structures without modern tools.
8: Our guide Anna explained that the "keystone" architectural concept of distributing load was "born" here.
9: VMI cadets calculating square footage of concrete.
10: Roman engineers were the first to use bricks as structural elements in their buildings ...
11: ... especially for the arches.
13: Michael's relatives have a street named after them.
15: This is the Arch of Titus thru which many Roman Legions marched entering Rome
17: Michael finds out Rome never heard of ADA!
18: We were lucky to have perfect blue skies for our visit to Rome.
19: Part of the Roman Forum
20: The "Wedding Cake"
21: This is the top of what the Italians call the "Wedding Cake" --- its the War Memorial to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
22: St.Peter's Basilica: the Papal altar where the Pope, and only the Pope, celebrates Mass.
23: Resting place of Blessed John Paul II, St. Peter's Basilica, next to the Pieta.
24: We saw the Vatican during a starlight tour of Rome.
25: St. Peter's Basilica in the background.
26: Notorious Mt. Vesuvius looms in the background of POMPEII. See the big part of the mountain that's missing? It completely covered Pompeii! | Volcanic eruption: 79 A.D.
28: Following Vesuvius' eruption people had mere seconds to escape, but most didn't. These artifacts are people caught in the descending gas and rubble ... excavated just as they died!
29: More artifacts from the excavations.
30: Uncovering Pompeii began in the 1700's and continues today. Painstaking removal of debris reveals roads, homes and daily activities of its inhabitants.
31: Shop owners had built-in bins for their goods (above); and on the left is an oven. When it was excavated it still had bread in it.
32: If you look closely you can see the ruts in the road made by carriages. | Main Street
33: Public drinking fountain. | Sculpture of unnamed beloved Pompeii resident.
34: The Beauty of Italy! | Great architecture
35: Trevi Fountain
36: The Pantheon | Built by ancient Romans to honor the many gods, now is a Catholic Church, and tomb for artists such as Raphael, and Italian nobility. Beautiful inside, the only light comes from a hole in the dome.
37: Home of a lucky person (and 2 cats) living on Capri.
38: Our hotel neighborhood in Rome.
39: This lovely church was on Capri. It was Sunday when we visited, they just finished First Holy Communion ~ little boys and girls were dressed in white, celebrating with their families.
40: Boat Life | Michael and Julien, Chief Navigator, in the ship's command center
41: The VMI flag was hoisted and we were off!
42: The Royal Clipper, top deck, after dark. | The night I took this picture we were sailing past an active volcano on Stromboli.
43: Opportunities to "chill" were endless!
44: Cadet splash party!
45: The water is 5,000 feet deep.
47: Floating in the middle of the Med... water is colder than it looks!
48: Pirate Night on the ship!
51: Random Pix
52: Our "tenderizer" boat took us to the shores so we could explore Italy's port cities.
53: M | Michael made friends with the guy who knew where we were going. This room is where the maps are kept.
54: A night at the | opera!
55: our cabin
56: Mount Etna, Sicily | 10,500 feet up ... | ... 20 degrees and snow!
57: One of Mt. Etna's craters was still smoldering from an eruption two weeks earlier. | The air was frigid, but the ground was hot to the touch!
59: Local legend says the goddess Venus would bathe in this alcove in the sea. | Back to warmer weather