No visit to Rome is complete without a trip to the incredible Colosseum, and these Texas entrepreneurs were dutifully impressed.
The intrepid trio stand in front of the famed Spanish Steps, one of the most popular sites in all of Rome. By May 1 of each year, when all of the flowering plants are in place, finding a place to sit here is all but impossible. Parts of many motion pictures were shot here, including of course, Roman Holiday, and somewhat recently - the Talented Mr. Ripley.
The group pose inside the Pantheon, the oldest (still standing) original Roman building in Rome. It is a stunning site.
Two of our very best friends, Jim Cordell and Lee Roane, owners of Galveston.com and other high-tech enterprises, arrived in Rome for a well-deserved vacation, They stayed with us for a few days, then journeyed to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Ischia for four days of peace and quiet.
On their first day in Rome we stopped for lunch at a street cafe. If I recall, we had small pizzas, insalata mista (mixed salad), beer, water and wine. Yum!
On a glorious day in the Holy City, the fashionable shade brigade stand together in front of Saint Peter's Basilica in the center of the Vatican. No one picture taken could ever do this massive place justice, and even Lee quipped, "I think this place could be bigger than Galveston, and for sure...it's much, much bigger than Sangerfest Park." Ditto, Lee!
Chris, Jim and Lee stand at the far end of the largest spectator venue ever, the Circus Maximus. A third of a mile long and 150 yards wide, the Circus Maximus reportedly held as much as 250,000 people that would travel here from all over the Roman empire to watch great sporting events and races. Remember Charlton Heston and the Ben Hur chariot race? Well, those chariot races happened here.