Rome historic in more than one sense

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 03:37 PM.

Each of our great vacations has two identical traits: We love the travel and adventures but coming back home is always every bit as wonderful. Our recent European thing was certainly no exception.

Previous chats have mentioned ports we visited and sights we saw. When we finished the seven-day cruise circuit, we spent a few days in Rome before flying home, a grand finale to a grand trip.

Our hotel was smack-dab in the middle of the city so we lived "Night at the Museum" for 72 hours. Rome is one huge open-air museum.

Everywhere we went was like strolling through pages of history books. Italy is surely a beautiful place populated by beautiful people.

Italians exude a passion for their country and for life that permeates their speech and gestures, like ones I often saw exchanged between taxi drivers and pedestrians. I liked those folks and am practicing talking with my hands.

I continued my gawking tour of Rome’s historic jewels. We "did" the Vatican and St. Peter’s. I may have done permanent damage to my neck trying to absorb Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

My best description of the Vatican museum is "dwarfing." That’s a strange word usage, but the experience was so impressive and huge it made me feel quite small, even insignificant. I now understand more about the nature of powers exerted by the church.

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