Marie arrived at Fiumicino airport in Rome, touting only one suitcase and a small carry on. Traveling light is always a great idea, not to mention smart. Shortly after this photo we took the train to our home in Trestevere.
No trip to Rome is ever complete without a visit to Bernini's Trevi Fountain, where throwing a coin over your shoulder guarantees a return trip to Rome. And yes, we all tossed many a coin into the water.
The timeless Coliseum is also a must visit in the Eternal City, and we of course toured the whole place.
One of our dear friends from Galveston, Texas, Marie Garrett, journeyed to Italy and spent a week in early January, 2006. During that week we did many things together, including consuming more than our share of Italian wine. One of the highlights was a statement she made while walking though our neighborhood; she quipped, "You know, this place looks so European." I'll drink to that!
Chris and Marie took a day trip to Florence on the Eurostar train. This photo was taken at the top of Florence's famous Duomo (Cathedral). It was 472 steps to the top, and according to the travelers, "Well worth it."
Construction on the Pantheon building in Rome began in 27 BC, and it's the oldest structure of its era still standing, and in such remarkable condition. The inside of the building is very hard to describe, and I stand in awe every time I visit this place, both inside and out. Marie was also impressed.
"Where are all the hot guys in Rome?" asked Marie. "They're over there you little Texas hottie." replied Marcus Aurelius, and then he pointed the way. Now that's Chamber of Commerce service.