We are back now after an exhausting journey home on Wednesday. An overloaded plane caused us to leave Rome late plus the head winds from Rita made our trip extra long and so we missed our connecting flight to South Bend. We couldn't get on the last one out of Detroit so we flew to Fort Wayne where Matt Coleman was waiting for us--any excuse for a road trip!
Monday was spent at the Vatican--all day. It was stupendous--from St. Peter's Basilica to the underground tombs of the popes to the arduous trek through the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel. I never thought I'd get to see any of those places and they were all as marvelous as I imagined.
Tuesday we hiked all over the ancient ruins of the Forum, the Coloseum and the Palatine Hill. Unbelievable to think how long those places have existed and yet they still can inspire dreams of greatness.
Chip was in his glory in Rome, reliving those college days of thirty years ago. We found the place where he lived and we followed many of the paths around town that he remembered. But, where can we find gelati in South Bend?
Thanks to Melissa Fox of SJCPL for suggested and helping set up the blog and to all our co-workers for picking up the slack while we were gone. Thanks to all of you friends and family who found it and read our daily messages and sometimes even commented. We will try to add the last week of pictures sometime soon.
Arrivederci and A Bientot !
from Trish and Chip and Kathy and Bill