Rome photos

We’ve been in London for a week, but I was having some software problems on my laptop.  I scheduled an appointment with Apple’s Genius Bar for Friday afternoon but finally resolved the two software problems today.  Yay!  I cancelled the Apple appointment and can now blog again.

Below are more Rome photos.

First are pictures of and from the Altar of the Fatherland/National Monument to Vitorio Emanuele II, the first king of a unified Italy, including guards standing at the tomb of the unknown soldier and the eternal flame.  At Charlie’s request, I paid for us to go up in the glass elevator and look out from the top.  It was quite a view.

Then there’s the very ornate Trajan’s Column, built in 113 AD to commemorate Emperor Trajan’s victory over the Dacians.  A pope in the 1500’s had Trajan’s statue on top replaced with one of St. Peter.

After that is the Colosseum.

Then there’s the Arch of Constantine built in 315 AD.

The two after that are back at Vatican City where we saw Pope Francis speak and pray from a window which he does every Sunday morning for about 15 minutes.

Then come Palatine Hill, the Forums, and the Colosseum again.  The drawing/sketch on the stone is one of many examples of ancient graffiti. IMG_6193 IMG_6195 IMG_6218 IMG_6224 IMG_6228 IMG_6256 IMG_6263 IMG_6276 IMG_6279 IMG_6280 IMG_6292 IMG_6307 IMG_6309 IMG_6330 IMG_6342 IMG_6346 IMG_6347 IMG_6353   IMG_6360 IMG_6387 IMG_6388

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