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At last, it’s time for pictures from Rome. Rome gave us blue skies during the day and more history than my brain could even handle. I kept having to ask myself, “You mean that Julius Caesar walked on THIS big rock? Where my feet are right now? And lived in THAT house right there?” The artifacts are thousands of years old, yet so well preserved.

Here are my favorites from the ancient ruins. I rented an unusual lens for the trip that I really tried to use “properly.” I’m not sure I got the exact effect I was going for in each but I’ll post them anyway. It was a great learning experience.

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My favorite part of Rome was walking around at night. The city seems to slow down, cool off, and become so incredibly romantic. Then again, maybe it was the combination of the wine and the amount of walking we did. 🙂 We visited the fountain outside the Pantheon on more than one walk because it was fun to watch the street entertainers in the light of the Pantheon. One of them was a mime who would imitate members of the audience. He decided to make fun of my tripod. The whole crowd laughed. I guess silly looking people can break a language barrier.

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Here are my favorite photos of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Sorry, no pope photos.

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Next up are a few collages from the museums we visited. The sculptures were outta this world. Made me wonder what kind of things we would make sculptures out of now if it was still a popular thing.

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Here’s a collage at the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the first Christian Church of Rome. That large door was removed from the Senate building of the forum. It’s amazing how quickly the government switched from making Christianity illegal to making it mandatory. The chair below is a very special one. All popes are required to sit in it to make their papacy official.

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I really wanted to visit the old Roman baths but that proved to be complicated. The remaining structure is now a church. The rest is just shops and streets. The original baths were so large that the church itself only really encompasses the former foyer. This church also houses a special meridian that extends over the floor of the church. There is a tiny hole high on the wall that lets light in. When the spot of light lines up with the brass strip, it’s high noon. It also allows various celestial events to be tracked.

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The last photos are of miscellaneous shots of the city.

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