Tag Archives: Rome

A Moment in Time in Italy

I took this photo few weeks ago in Rome. I think it’s the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, but I’m not sure. What I’m shocked at is this—look how big the church is! Look how little the people are! I … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Thoughts on Italy

I’m lucky enough to be planning another trip to Italy with my mom, leaving in a couple of weeks. Last time I was there, I took a lot of photos of beautiful buildings and sculptures. They’re everywhere you look. The … Continue reading

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A Tiny, Brilliant Spark from The Vatican

Asked what it meant for him to “think with the church,” a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said, “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that … Continue reading

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The Spanish Steps in Rome

Wandering around Rome last year, we happened upon the Spanish steps—the widest staircase in Europe, built in the 1700’s. We walked all the way to top to go into the church at the top of the 135 steps (one thing you do … Continue reading

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The Dome at St. Peter’s Basilica

I didn’t take the greatest picture of it, but damn it, it’s my picture of it, so here it is: I can’t help it . . . here also is a gorgeous painting by Giovanni Paoli Panini (or Pannini) of the basilica … Continue reading

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My Two Favorite Tourist Traps in Rome

You shouldn’t avoid tourist traps just because they are tourist traps. I know this because I have been to some really famous tourist traps and most of them were pretty great. One of these days I’ll make a couple of … Continue reading

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The Roman Coliseum, November 2011

On the night before we went to the Coliseum in Rome, I charged my camera battery underneath the desk in our hotel room. As in any typical hotel room, there were no other electrical plug-ins to be found, and I … Continue reading

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