Micki and I finally made it to our last destination--Rome. This was after two days of walking ourselves sore in Florence.
My disdain for Roman theology only grew after seeing paintings of Saint Francis supposedly receiving the stigmata, as well as the "Assumption of Mary" in the famous Uffizzi gallery in Florence. Quite a place--despite the papal influence scattered throughout--and well worth being sore and leg weary the next day.
We have had great weather our entire trip--until today. Rained hard all day. But we donned our hats and jackets, grabbed our umbrellas, and went for it. We spent five hours in Rome--about a tenth of what is necessary. I know many of you have been to Rome, but this was my first trip, and it was under very adverse conditions. Wow-there are not words.
To stay dry, we spent much of our time in the Capitoline Museum. I had no idea Constantine had such a big head!
It was pouring as we made it to the Forum, and we had to turn back to catch our return bus. Never did made it to the Colosseum or Titus' Arch, but I did get a picture of both from a distance. Here's Titus' Arch.
Oh well, we'll just have to come back some day, Lord willing!
Finally, if anyone needs papal/priestly accoutrements, we found just the place--"The Mitre Store."