“Look at That”                                                                                                               May 14, 2016

“Look at that”, I heard Kim repeat that about a jillion times yesterday as we walked around Rome.  We finished our guided tour of “The Steps of Jesus, Paul and John today (Sat. 5/14) and started the next section of our trip.  This will include visiting a number of places, beginning with Rome.  We are staying at a place near the Roman Forum which we found on AirBnB.  Our host picked us up at the airport and we made it to the apartment around 6pm.  We dropped our luggage off there and “hit the ground running”.

Not knowing what to expect, we took the directions from “Enrico” and headed up some steps.  What we discovered took us on a 6 1/2 hour tour of the city.  This was partly because we got lost.  We would see one Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.53.15 AM Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.53.36 AM Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.53.51 AM Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.52.26 AM Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.54.49 AM Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.53.51 AMamazing building/statue/chapel, then another, then another, then another, then we started seeing the same building.  After we had these “deja vue” experiences a few times, we figured we needed to look at a map.  We stopped on a bridge overlooking the river and saw the Sistine Chapel all lite up at night. (WOW!)  I included a few pictures from some things we saw.  I don’t know what they all are, but we will spend the next couple of days figuring them out.  On Monday we will go visit the Pope, or at least where he works.

We finally got our bearings and headed back to the apartment around 12:30am.  By the time we got back we were both tired, but thoroughly enjoyed our adventure.  When the sun went down it seemed that the town came alive.  There were street performers, artists, people trying to sell things you didn’t need, and one very good street band.  We enjoyed that band as we ate dinner in one of the many little restaurants located right on the street.  Might I had, Papa Murphy’s would never make it in this area, (the pizza is the best ever).  Like the other European cities we have visited so far, you have to watch for traffic.  They drive around here like Death Race 2016.  I have never seen a Nascar race in person, but through our taxi experiences I have a better idea what a race car driver sees.