1: So, here's your happy travelers. We had a great time and explored an area of the world none of us had been to. We're just trying to catch up with Brit. This is inside the Coliseum. Rather odd to be in a structure built 2000 years ago.
2: Sadly, this is the introduction to Rome. It seemed as if they gave up and designed a story that they wanted their youth to express themselves. | It was absolutely everywhere except Vatican City and the ruins. I struggled to find pictures without it.
3: Quintesential Rome streets. Small and filled with small cars.
4: Small restaurants on the streets were the norm. Pizzas were made with cheese and one other ingredient and the pasta was mmwwaaaaahh!
5: This poor lady had streams of people walk by. She never spoke, did not have a sign, just held her cup out for donations. I assume that being on her knees with her head down was a humble position but Man! that's gotta make for a long day.
6: A couple pages regarding the transportation. Everything was small and they drove out of their minds. There isn't a square street in town which is rather cool but it did make for creative lane changes.
7: Car brands.
10: Last dig on the Romans. Not sure now they got to this point with garbage service but it was bad. Big dumpsters on the sidewalk with a small walking path next to them. In 90 degree heat and being up close and personal, it made for a few 'hold your breath' walks.
11: On to everything that makes Rome cool!
12: Vatican City - The Sistine Chapel - St. Peter's Basilica
13: The structure was huge and all hooked together making for hundreds of rooms. This was a hallway after the museum and on our way to some rooms before the Sistine Chapel. With 40,000 per day, everything was very crowded.
18: Michaelangelo's Pieta sculpture was unbelieveable. Well protected behind glass and on the main floor of St. Peter's Basilica.
29: St. Peter's Bisilica. The world's largest church.
30: At the very center of the picture is the small peaked roof. That is the Sistine Chapel. To the right, with the row of windows, is an apartment building where the Pope lives. He is in the corner just outside of the picture.
31: St. Peter's Basilica. The inside was very expansive with very very high ceilings as you could see in the previous pictures. It was also tourist central with all of the tour buses lining the streets.
32: Pope John Paul II was very much loved and still reigns in the city.
33: This is the wall that surrounds Vatian City. There to keep the graffiti artists out, I suppose.
34: The Pantheon
37: The Coliseum and the Ruins
41: Behind the Coliseum, life goes on. | The stage was put in to show where the floor used to be. The catacombs below held the lions and bad guys until there turn to be raised up onto the floor.
42: Each entry way was marked with numbers. I guess if Roman numerals were ever going to be at home, this is the place.
43: This shot shows the outside with the half on the right being cleaned and the left not, for, say, a few hundred years at least. For some reason this intrigued mom and that bugged Haley.
44: View from the Coliseum towards the ruins of the Emporer's estate which was basically the entire city at the time.
46: Our Coliseum tour included a tour through the ruins. At one point we ended up at the top photo overlooking much of the former main buildings. The boittom photo is looking back up to where we were. The next couple pages show amazing pieces of architcture form more than 2500 years ago.
52: Awesome building that we never really understood what it is for. Some told us its a great memorial to nobody and some said it has some government offices inside. Still, a great building.
54: Trevi Fountain
56: So the story is to throw a coin into the fountain to find love. Haley threw one in for her and then another for Megan. Notice the penny in the air in the shot on the left.
57: The Spanish Steps I don't know the lore of this place but we were told not to miss it. Haley and I took every step clear into the building.
60: Scenes while just hangin' around Rome!
72: We might put a street light on a bridge but in Rome, you do this.
73: She was picking on me, so...