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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rome Day 2

September 25, 2013

Today we spent our 42nd Wedding Anniversary in Rome.

We are so blessed to have the ability to travel and see sights many just dream of seeing.

If you have been following my blog, we have traveled now for most of the year.  I don't know if I can ever put into words all the beautiful sights just in Rome, unless of course this post becomes 3 pages long.



Notice the holes in the exterior of the Colosseum.  These are from where the marble was removed and used after the Colosseum was no longer in use.  It would have been an amazing sight when it was first built.  It is the largest Colosseum in the world. 




Imagine with me entering this arena.  
There were 3 levels of seating.  
The first for the leaders and dignitaries of the city.  
The 2nd for the common man, 
the third for women and slaves
People shouting and cheering  some for you, some for the gladiator or lion you would face.



 The floor of the stadium is gone which makes it possible to see the rows of rooms and halls that were under them.  At one end there was a ramp for the person to come into the arena at the other the entrance for the one you would be fighting..  It was also used for many performances much like an outdoor theater would be used today.  Colosseum   It is estimated to have held 50 - 80,000 people.



After leaving the Colosseum we walked through many Roman ruins that are close by.



The Temple of Caesar
Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC in the Curia of Pompey.  He was cremated in the Forum.  On this spot Augustus raised a temple, dedicated in 29 BC.  Think about that for a minute...That was 2,042 years ago!   It was decorated with the bronze rams taken from the ships of Anthony and Cleopatra captured by Augustus.  
Only the core of this building survives.


Our next stop was the tomb of the unknown Solider.
 Sharing this time with such great friends was wonderful and just strengthened the bond between us.



We visited the Pantheon and again amazed by the wealth and splendor of the building.






 

This was originally built as a pagan temple.





Trevi Fountain  A beautiful must see sight.  Make sure you throw a coin into the fountain using the right hand over the left shoulder.  This was the theme of the 1954's movie, Three Coins in the Fountain.  An estimated 3,000 Euros, about $5,100 are thrown into the fountain each day.  The money is bused to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy.  
They say if you do throw a coin in the fountain, you will return to Rome someday.

Nest week I will share our visit to the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and the Vatican Museum.  Hope you will stop back by!  

Blessings, Debbie

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11 comments:

Ann said...

Your description of the entrance to the coliseum is so vivid--what a tragic scene. The marble must have looked like splendor. I had no idea the homes were still standing after 2,000 years!!!Sheer beautiful everywhere. You girls look so cute all together.
Hugs, Ann

SmilingSally said...

Debbie,

I threw several coins in that fountain, and I'm counting on a return visit--even if only in my dreams. As for imagining walking into the Colosseum, no thank you! I'm shaking just thinking about it.

Thanks for sharing this interesting blue.

Happy Blue Monday!

acreativeharbor.com said...

How exciting for your 25th Anniversary ~ wishing you many more wonderful ones ~ Great photos ~ carol, xxx

bj said...

ahhh....what a wonderful trip. All you ladies are gorgeous and look like you are having such fun.
So glad you are able to travel like this. Very blessed, you are.:)

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Oh my gosh, I would love to visit these places you shared. What amazing sights to see. Happy 42nd anniversary. Lucky you. Love the pic of all the girls. Happy smiles on everyone's faces. What a thrill.
xo, Jeanne

Laura said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary… how wonderful to have such an amazing trip. Your photos are fantastic!

Please consider yourself officially invited to participate this year's 5th Annual Gratitude (word) Quilt. Instructions (it is very simple) and a link that explains the origin of the word quilt can be found at the top of my blog. In past years there have been participants from every continent except Antarctica. If I’ve already invited you, I apologize... I am trying to reach as many people as possible, and sometimes forget whom I’ve already left this message for in a comment. My intention is most certainly NOT to spam you. I hope you'll join us, it is really amazing when all the words unfurl on November 27th, Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

ladyfi said...

Happy Anniversary - you know how to celebrate in style! Lovely shots.

molly said...

Love this post. I so want to visit Rome one day

Mollyxxx

A View From A Brown Dog said...

What great pictures. Looks like an amazing trip! Seriously, the pics of the Colosseum are haunting, captured so well here.

Jackie @ travelnwrite said...

I am a first-time visitor to your blog thanks to Tablescraper; look forward to more visits here and hope you'll pay us a return visit as well! Happy weekend. And happy anniversary!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and yours!