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Sunday, December 24, 2006

"Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city" ~ Anatole Broyard.

Merry Christmas Eve, Heidi.

Your pictures of Rome are finished. I had them framed at Get The Picture in Oviedo.

My favorite of the two is still the Pantheon, though I know you prefer the Colosseum.

Double click them and you can see each one better.

The Pantheon is one of the great spiritual buildings of the world. Built as a Roman temple and later consecrated as a Catholic Church, its monumental porch originally faced a colonnaded temple courtyard and now sits on the Piazza della Rotonda. Through great bronze doors, one enters one great circular room. The only natural light enters through an unglazed oculus (hole) at the center of the dome (rain drops right through here) and through the bronze doors to the portico. As the sun moves, striking patterns of light illuminate the walls and marble floors.

They did a fabulous job on the framing, but wow, I am in the wrong business. I thought I might have to sell either M or D to pay for it. Hey, Merry Christmas, huh?

The Colosseum (or Flavian Amphitheater as the locals call it) was begun by Vespasian, inaugurated by Titus in 80 A.D. and completed by Domitian. With seating for 50,000, it was the first permanent amphitheater to be built in Rome. For all the info you will ever need about the Colosseum, including 3D views, please look here.

The Colosseum. It still amazes me to think of it. If the walls could talk, we might not want to hear what they would have to say.

It was a good idea to purchase our Italian art in the Piazza Navona in Rome. The local artists were fabulous and the prices were within our budget.

Heaven knows we didn't realize what it would cost to frame our 'bargains', now did we?

But in the end, it doesn't really matter. No one will ever take away that beautiful day we had lunch under the cafe umbrellas in front of the Pantheon. See them there in the picture? It is a memory I will hold dear to my heart, forever.

I shall bring your pictures to you when I see you at Ft. Drum in February. Counting the days until then.


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