Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Roma...


I cannot believe a week has slipped by so quickly.  Seems I've been chasing my tail and barely staying ahead over the past week.  I'm in a holding pattern right now, until the rest of the world is doing business this morning... so, I'm squeezing in a blog post.  ;)


I LOVED the Pantheon.  It sings to my math loving soul.  Originally built in 27 B.C., it was rebuilt in A. D. 120.  Are you doing the math here?  This beauty is over 2000 years old.  Perfect math.  The Pantheon dome was the model for so many of the great domes, including Michelangelo's in St. Peter's and our very own in Washington, D. C..


It was originally a pagan temple (the hole in the dome for burning sacrifices) and is now a Catholic church.  It is open to visitors every day with free admission.  What a treasure.


This was in a residential courtyard.  Roma breathes art.


My daughter made sure that I would try to see the Ponte (bridge) Sant'Angelo.  She knows so well my affinity for angels.  It was built by Hadrian (same emperor who oversaw the rebuilding of the Pantheon) with Bernini-designed angels and was the only bridge during the Middle Ages that connected the Vatican with downtown Roma.


Each one is exquisite.


Ancient Rome's artistic, engineering and architectural skills are unmatched. 


This was our home away from home during our visit to Rome, the Westin Excelsior.  We couldn't have asked for a more gracious place to stay.


Had to include a rememberance of a wonderful late lunch at Harry's Bar on Via Veneto.  Mmmm...


And, once again... just the simple street scenes delighted my eye and my spirit. 

Hope your weeks are going smooth and productive!!  Now, back to the grind! 

Wow with Kim:

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Hopping with Sandi of the Whistle Stop Cafe.



Blessings ~ tanna

40 comments:

Christine said...

Great History lesson.
I just have to mention that your pictures are wonderful and they really pop against the brown of your blog background. Really pretty.

Sandi said...

I agree with Christine, the pictures are wonderful and the background does make them pop. You reintroduced me to places I have read and studied. Roman history was my FAVORITE subject. I took as many courses as possible at Purdue. Those grades helped to offset my required math/science for my major. : )

Thank you for sharing. What a gift.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Aaaahh Roma! Beautiful Italy. Pretty close to heaven on earth, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip, but I want more!
Best,
Susan

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful scenes. liked the big sunspot coming thru in the pantheon shot! :)

Ana said...

Oh Tanna,
I love the tour of Roma...Absolutely beautiful pictures.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

jeanelledge said...

the photos are exquisite! Makes me want to put on my traveling shoes and go!!

Emily said...

Roma is on my list of places I'd like to see. Thank you for sharing your photos -- so beautiful!

The Little Adventures of LueLee said...

And These pictures are the reason I one day want to travel the world :) Everything is so stunning and beautiful :)

Susan said...

Absolutely beautiful photos. What a city!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Brings back such great memories of our first trip to Italy. Love those old cobblestone streets and all the architecture. No big trip here in years.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I'm glad you got the blog hop going... now we can take a trip without packing a suitcase.

Rome is such a beautiful city. Words aren't enough!

Betsy said...

Rome breathes art. Isn't that the truth! So gorgeous and it leaves us breathless! :)

Diana Ferguson said...

Loved it, too!

Dana said...

Loved seeing all of your pictures! Thanks for sharing.

podso said...

I get you on the simple street scenes. Just observing life in another culture can be so refreshing. I enjoyed your photos so much. Keep them coming! And I also understand how long it takes to catch up from time away. It's exhausting! What is that about life!

Donna Lynn Grace said...

I never tire of these amazing photos. Keep them coming!

Lauri said...

Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing a bit of your heaven with us!

Shug said...

Thanks for my wonderful trip to Roma...Wow, loaded with history, art, beauty, and fun...
Enjoyed every bit of this trip..
Thanks,
shug

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Sigh... so incredibly beautiful! I could look at these photos all day. It is just a stunning sight! :)

Tara said...

Awesome photos!
hugs,
tara

Katherine said...

I was wondering when we would see more pictures. They are beautiful. Rome is definitely on our list to go to one day! So much history and beauty. So glad you guys had a great time!

Amanda said...

Photos, gorgeous! I soooooo wish we had experienced it all with you. And might I just add how proud I am of you for letting other people take photos of you?! After years and YEARS of not letting anyone take your picture, I'm lovin' seeing you on that side of the lens!! Both sides of the lens, really. LOL!

no spring chicken said...

Rome is truly breathtaking... and breath keeping. In fact, how do you breathe in Rome? So much amazing beauty and mind boggling architecture. Wow!

Blessings, Debbie

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

What an AMAZING TRIP! I love each photo! Romantic too...with your sweetheart!

The angels are truly beautiful...unique each one.

From the Kitchen said...

Tanna: I was "here" yesterday but there was no "comment" area???? I love sharing your trip. The photos are wonderful. I see that angel against the blue sky on a Christmas card.

I'll e-mail you about those "lost" years! = )

Best,
Bonnie

Gigi W said...

Tanna, WOW. Makes me want to jump in the photo and trace your path. Maybe someday!
Take a break and come join us thurs or fri at Rosepath. Miss you smile and we can share grand baby stories.

Gwynna

Bonnie said...

Loved learning new things from your post. I am yearning for a trip there. I'm signing up as a new follower of yours.

Vickie said...

Tanna, I loved the angels! And you and I can really appreciate all that art and architecture! My dream - I'll make it there one day, Lord willing! Thanks for the tour!

Deb said...

amazing post Tanna....beautiful photos...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Tanna your photographs look so beautiful and have great depth and clarity! You must have a very steady hand if you took them without a tripod. I'm glad you showed some of the angels on the Ponte Sant' Angelo! It was one of my favorite photo taking places(pre -digital) Did you go into Castel Sant' Angelo? It was so interesting!

I'm glad the earthquake did not effect your daughter and family.. It was a very scary 15 seconds as we are not used to such a phenomenon here on the east coast!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Your photos are so beautiful. They make you feel like you're there. I love your perspective, your photo 'eye', and descriptions. So talented!

Cindy said...

Oh my, your visit to Roma looks simply delightful. So much history! The simple street scene speaks to me, I love it SO much.
Have a lovely day,
Cindy

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh my love of Ant. Civilization is just calling my name in this post....I have never been and so want to do that one day. I have told the kids (the four that I graduated from home school) they owe me a trip to Europe as payment for all the years of teaching them...they haven't done it yet. LOL

Thanks for sharing...I feel I have had a mini-trip...and I know how much reading I need to do before I go.

Solar Powered said...

Oh, tears in my eyes. It is such a special city. Thank you for the pictures and the education! Hope you are staying as cool as possible...no end in sight!

Stitchfork said...

Wonderful photos and looks like you had a stellar time! But oh what a front porch you come home to!
xo Cathy

Donna said...

I love the amazing mathiness of architecture, too. I love that cultures so much older than ours had so much figured out with so much less "technology" than we have now. I love that you are sharing your trip with us.
d.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Your pictures bring back wonderful memories. I was in Rome 2 years ago and fell in love with Italy...

Melissa Miller said...

Stunning! Tanna that is my dream vacation one day. Thank you for sharing the amazing photos.

Warmly, ~Melissa

Chatty Crone said...

Rome sure has history doesn't it - so many beautiful things and art. Looks like you and hubby had a GREAT time. Thanks for sharing - it brings back memories to me.

Debbie said...

Oh how I wish that I could conquer both my fear of flying over water and that other enemy, the empty purse. I would LOVE to visit there.

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