A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum…

As promised last week, I have a few more photos to share with you from our Italy trip back in 1996.

When in Rome…

At the Colosseum in Rome

At the Colosseum in Rome

We had to get up early to catch the express train from Pisa to Rome. As I recall, it was a 3-hour trip, but perhaps that was if we didn’t make the express — at any rate, it made for a couple of very long days! I would love to be able to return to Europe again and tour with a digital camera. There were so many photographs that I didn’t take because I was nursing a baby at the time conserving film. 

At the time, I was the only crazy American nursing a baby in a historical site.

At the time, I was the only crazy American nursing a baby in a historical site.

Prior to being discovered/uncovered, this entire area was filled in with dirt and used as a cow pasture! They were still excavating when we were there 16 years ago.

When we walked around the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, SuperDad noticed an empty pedestal (missing its statue) and suggested that I stand on it for a photo. I acted confused and asked him to show me what he was requesting, so he climbed up and posed… and I quickly snapped a photo. 🙂     I’d love to share that picture but it’s such a tiny image that it didn’t work well when I attempted to upload it, so you’ll just have to imagine the humor of the scene: a dad with a baby in a backpack acting like a statue in the Temple of the Vestal Virgins.  (Maybe this is one of those “guess you had to be there” situations?)

I wish I had photos to share with you from St. Peter’s Basilica. I began my love affair with jasper while staring at an incredible carved statue in that church — the flowing robe of stone almost seemed alive! And Michelangelo’s Pieta inside the Basilica made me cry — it was that realistically carved. Those are things that you simply have to see in person to get the full effect. The other famous sights from the Vatican — the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, for example — are better seen in a high-quality photograph printed on a postcard. 

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Time Warp Tuesday is brought to you by Jenn at Juggling Life. Visit here to see the other participants and their photos.

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5 thoughts on “A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum…

  1. You guys look like kids! Whenever I stop to think about it, I’m always amazed at how free we can be with photos these days, remembering my C-110. My mom gifted me a 35mm camera when I was in grad school and heading to Tanzania.

  2. That IS pretty funny to think of! And I love how accessible those historic places once were… who’d have THOUGHT?

  3. I am enjoying going along your tour through stories and pictures. What fun you had! Now it is a place I would love to go to .. another bucket list item

  4. Isn’t it amazing how some art has the power to make us cry? I didn’t give two shits about the Mona Lisa, but Winged Victory of Samothrace turned me into a puddle in the middle of the Louvre.

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