Ah… Rome

Posted on March 1, 2014. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

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This morning with a temperature of 10º F outside and steel gray skies above I trip through my pictures of Rome.

I remember walking through the streets and marveling at how it was hard to tell we were outside.  The air was so still and warm.

It was November!  It was about 65º F most days and the Italians were walking around all decked out in heavy winter wear.  Yes, boots, parkas, hats, scarves, gloves!

I could use a little Rome right about now.

178 apartments near catacombs           169 view from catacombs of priscilla

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Sistine Chapel Awe

Posted on October 24, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

109 sistine chapelThis is the Sistine Chapel from the outside.  It’s pretty plain considering the treasure inside.  I had recently read Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King.  This was right before seeing it with my own eyes and the book really brought it to life for me.  I love Ross King’s books!  I often read one right before or during a trip when I’ll be seeing the very things he is telling about.  Here is a very cool website where you can navigate your way through the whole room and inspect anything close up without the crowds:  Sistine Chapel.  Enjoy the beauty and the mesmerizing music – a great little computer escape!

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Feet as a Roman Theme

Posted on April 18, 2013. Filed under: Art, Italy, Photography, Rome, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rome - mosaic foot st peters

I love feet.  As a bodyworker, I find them amazing structures that support us all day as well as great vehicles for bringing complete relaxation to a client’s whole being.  They were everywhere in Roman art!  Above is an enormous mosaic foot in the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.  The span across it has to be 4 feet!

Rome -  bill with constantines foot           144 mary with big foot massage

These are two fragments from gigantic sculptures of Constantine.  The marble foot with Bill on the left is the famous one that Janet Travell M.D. was photographed with in the 1950s.  She pointed out the Morton’s toe on it (2nd toe longer than great toe).  I was watched very closely with that bronze foot.  Although it looks like I’m massaging it, I am careful not to touch it because the guards would have my head!

Rome -  feet in tabularium of capitoline museum

These are some very cool ancient stone carvings of feet.  I don’t think anyone understands why they were made but it’s clear that feet have been fascinating for a long time!

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Pantheon in Rome

Posted on March 13, 2013. Filed under: Travel | Tags: , , , |

Travel - Rome Pantheon 1Here we are at the Pantheon in Rome, Italy.  This building is one of the best-preserved of all ancient Roman buildings.  It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church.  Because it is still a church today one can come and go for free and admire this amazing place!  As we walked around Rome we would say, “Hey, the Pantheon’s just over there, should we duck in before we head home?”  It was fun to see the place in different light and times of day.

Travel - Rome Pantheon 2                         Travel - Rome Pantheon 3

The picture on the left shows you the enormous original bronze doors (amazing that they survived, most of the bronze and marble were harvested for other projects over the centuries!)  The floor gently slopes to drain water from the building and water does come in when it rains or snows through the oculus, or opening to the sky in the center of the poured concrete dome (right picture.)  It is amazing to think about Brunelleschi and Michelangelo studying this dome to learn about the physics so they could build their own – Brunelleschi in Florence and Michelangelo, St. Peter’s.

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