Sunday, January 13, 2008

Touring Town

Our friend Jack has arrived safely back in Beijing after a week of being dragged around Roman ruins and Baroque churches. Its a little hard to impress Jack with the grandeur of Rome; he lives in a culture where antiquity means 5000 years ago, old means 2000, new means 1000 and really new means all that earlier stuff got knocked down yesterday to build something sleek and steel today. And grandeur is the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace or further afield in Xian the Terra Cotta Army.
Panorama shot from Castel Sant'Angelo towards Vatican City
But there were a few things that caught his eye (A rollover should give you a brief description):
Ceiling of the Gallerie Cartographica in the Musei VaticaniSan Pietro - ColonnadeA street fountain in Vatican City.A religious confraturnity near San Giovanni in LaternaSwiss Guards doing their thing.Ice Skating Rink on the banks of the Tiber.A pillar - all that's left of a Temple that stood in this PiazzaA street entertainer as a Mummy.Swiss Guard doing their thing.The bridge crossing the Tiber from Castel Sant'AngeloPiazza de Popolo in the rainA christmas tree decorated with Pizzas
Again with the Swiss GuardsAnd did I mention he found the Swiss Guards very impressive - must be those uniforms.

13 gennaio - Battesimo di Gesu

9 comments:

tater said...

*sigh* Jealousy is a bitch. Wish I was there.

Willym said...

anytime Tater - anytime.

Elizabeth said...

Ditto Tater.....

evilganome said...

You know, considering how difficult vertical stripes are to wear, they carry it off very nicely.

I once heard someone claim the collective noun for a group of clerics is a nuisance.

Rome looks beautiful. It makes Boston look even drearier.

sageweb said...

Oh, I am also jealous!

Lorraine said...

Jealousy. It's the new meme.

tater said...

Really?
I can come visit you? Do I have to leave once I get there? (wheels spinning in my mind, hamster growing tired) You know I will totally take you up on it, so answer very carefully...

Doralong said...

tate- don't be silly, Wills is house shopping so you and Tony and I can set up housekeeping in Roma.

tater said...

*sigh* no answer. tease!