These are my top ten favorite pictures that were taken in Rome. I have to admit that I did not take them. I have shamefully stolen them from my fellow classmates/travelers.
When we first arrived in Rome, road weary from a long journey, we were greeted most humorously by Meg’s beautiful, happy face and our driver. She directed our eyes to the sign he was carrying with a wonderful smile and shared joke. We had to take a picture. I asked if we could keep the sign. I still have it.
As the Maryltorst group settled into our apartments and our daily schedules, we found that the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere was a great place to meet in the mornings, a wonderful people watching station, a spot where people will beg for money and beg you to buy their trinkets. It was a perfect place for performers to dance with fire and play music because the crowds are always present.
This is my favorite picture of all of us. This is in front of the Borghese Museum. One of my favorite museums. It was so nice to have my brother here along with this amazing group of students. We all learned from each other. Taking ownership of the statues and art inside this wonderful museum.
One morning we walked out our front door (two wooden doors that open out into a small alley that is the outdoor seating for the restaurant that is across the alleyway from our apartment) and found this sign propped between the two doors. Although we found it very entertaining to think that any noise we make could be louder than the noise that came from the piazza or all the other restaurants in the alleyways, we also felt that we shouldn’t be blamed for something we didn’t do. We felt this was directed at us because it is written in English. Now I think that it is an ironic statement about our apartment living in Rome. Ours was the quietest place in that neighborhood, even when we had a party.
In front of the Museo Nazionale is this sign. This very gender specific sign. We fixed it.
The Museo Nazionale has lots of mosaics upstairs. I didn’t find out about them until the end of our visit so I couldn’t stay gawking at them for very long. This is just one picture that shows the massiveness of some of them. Everything in Rome seems large. I like this picture because it shows a massive mosaic that is created by taking very small tiles to design pictures within the expanse. Something that is that beautiful needs each and every little tile to make it. I look small compared to its size.
The day after going to the Museo Nazionale, we went to Ostia Antica. I like this next picture because it shows a moment of complete spontaneity. When was the last time I just laid back and looked at the clouds? I thought Ken was losing it when he laid down. Then I tried it for myself and so did Jessica and Nate. I found that clouds are beautiful to look at. Especially the Italian clouds. They were moving in a circular motion. Churning. What a view! I was so enthralled with the clouds that I had no idea someone had taken a picture of us.
Here Elizabeth and I are, through the rabbit hole, or the Hole of Antiquity. Ostia Antica was a fun place to discover and play.
Having my big brother along was fantastic. Here we are eating pizza from everyone’s favorite pizza place. Then, afterwards…Gilatto of course!
This last picture is my all time favorite one. Elizabeth took it. The immensity of the columns shows in comparison to me. The nuns walking by explains exactly where we are. And to the left of the picture, looking on, is my very good friend Ken also taking a picture.
These pictures are in order of when they were taken, not in order of importance to me. Except the last one almost looks like a picture one would see in Life Magazine or something, so I put it at the end.