My Top 10 Pictures: Unforgettable Moments

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In front of the Museo Nazionale is this sign.  This very gender specific sign. We fixed it.

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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.

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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.

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Here Elizabeth and I are, through the rabbit hole, or the Hole of Antiquity.  Ostia Antica was a fun place to discover and play.

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Having my big brother along was fantastic. Here we are eating pizza from everyone’s favorite pizza place.  Then, afterwards…Gilatto of course!

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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.

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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.


Comparing the Cathedral

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I know it’s not fair, but I found myself comparing the Cathedral in Portland to the churches and cathedrals and the basilica I saw in Rome.  Today I went to mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 1716 NW Davis St. Portland, Oregon 97209 with my parents.  I couldn’t help comparing it to what I saw in Rome.  What was once a beautiful place (and still is to those who aren’t critical like me) is now a bit like a Roman Cathedral wanna-be.   The round tubular marble columns that I was used to seeing at St. Peter’s Basilica or St. John Lateran, or any of the many other churches we saw, were not there, the columns were square.  Still fully functional, but sadly something that stood out to me as “just not the same.”  The paintings that had been so beautiful, felt like copies of other paintings that I might have taken pictures of over in Rome.  The statues were just not the same.  Newer– definitely.   And, although I felt how small the once large Cathedral was, I looked around me at the people.  The people are what make the church, literally and figuratively.  The people who went to mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome are the same people who were at the Cathedral in Portland.  Metaphorically, speaking that is. They all have the need to feel loved, accepted, forgiven, and part of an important place in the world.  Portland’s Cathedral, although small and a wanna-be, is still loved and appreciated by the people who go worship there.  St. Peter’s Basilica is large and an important place in the history of the church and the world, but it is also loved and appreciated by the people who go worship and tour there.  There are many differences between the two places, just ask anyone who goes to St. Mary’s after visiting St. Peter’s.  However, once I began seeing the similarities, I began to be able to appreciate our little, newer church again.  People.  Well, people and the flower motifs that attach to the ceiling.

Quotes from Rome

“2700 years to get it right. And they got it right. So that’s cool.”

“What if Bernini is calling us from the past?”

“The space has its own memory.”

“The downfall of Roman Civilization: No Barbecues.”

“Let the dead bury the dead; I’m going shopping.”

“The problem with these croissants is that I have to use the napkin. And I always end up eating the napkin.”

“That’s pretty much a you problem. Not a croissant problem.”

“Look at the sculpture right in the eyes.”

“I’d bury you here.” (When talking about the limited space in the Protestant Cemetery and how they are very selective.)

“There is so much [of Rome] you have to find it for yourself. It won’t guide you. You have to guide it. You decide what you want to see.”

“Rome will always be sunny. It will always be warm. And we will always be here.”