Oh! The Places I’ve Been – “R” is for ROME


photo by M. Reynolds
photo by M. Reynolds

This is the Vatican in 1978. Pope John Paul I reigned for 33 days, and died the day my classmates and I flew from Boston to Zurich to begin a year of study in Switzerland. By mid-October, his successor had been chosen, and we traveled by night train to Rome to witness the Papal inauguration.

Below is the Trevi fountain, made most popular in the 1954 movie, “Three Coins in the Fountain.” I only recently watched the movie about three American girls (Anita, Maria, and Frances) hoping to find love and romance in Rome. After all, they threw coins into the Trevi fountain

photo by M. Reynolds
photo by M. Reynolds

Here is the Coliseum (or Colosseum), the largest amphitheater in the world. Construction began in 70 A.D. and was completed in 80 A.D.  Damaged by fire, earthquakes, and stone robbers, still it stands, nearly 2,100 years later. Remarkable!

photo by M. Reynolds
photo by M. Reynolds

This photo was taken from atop St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. There are 320 steps to the top of the dome, but isn’t it worth it?!

photo by M. Reynolds
photo by M. Reynolds

And, of course, let me conclude with a song…