I have been home for more than a week now and it seems like a distant dream when Chris and I took our fabulous trip to Italy.  When we boarded the plane a week ago today, I had a tickle in my throat.  I knew what that meant: a cold was inevitable.  By the end of the 15-hour journey home I had a full-blown cold and had missed an entire night of sleep.  This cold turned into a very painful sinus infection that has left me miserable for more than a week. This is my excuse for not doing a better job of detailing some of the magical points of my trip.

I will attempt to recreate some of that magic captured in my memories that I will hold with me forever, on these pages of my blog.

To this day, I cannot feel my left pinkie toe. It is numb. This is because I spent a week walking the streets of Rome and Florence by day, and wearing four-inch heels by night.  I think the true culprit were my fancy sparkly fun shoes I bought for the formals we attended at nighttime.  It was all worth the inconvenience of a numb toe.

Ancient Rome

In my next life I will probably be an archeologist.  I am good with painstaking tedious work and uncovering ancient cities and relics would be thrilling for me.  The ancient Rome tour began at the Colosseum and ended at the huge Arch of Titus, which we learned was a symbol of anti-Semitism.

A couple of interesting things I learned about the Colosseum:

  1. The Colosseum was built so the people of Rome would be happy.  The games at the Colosseum were all free to spectators.
  2. Hundreds of thousands of slaves and wild animals were slaughtered while the Colosseum was in use.  During one of the games, elephants were brought in for slaughter.  While they were being slaughtered they were making this gut wrenching screaming noise.  The spectators were very affected by the screams and many in the audience began to cry.
  3. The Colosseum was abandoned for many years.  During this time, someone came in and built a home right in the middle of the Colosseum, which was later disassembled.  Others would come in and set up homes and squat in the ancient structure throughout the years.
  4. Iron rods reinforced the Colosseum stones.  When iron was in high demand, people would come and remove the iron from the Colosseum.  This is why you see big gaping holes throughout the structure.
  5. The Colosseum was originally made up of three concentric circles.  Now there is only a small portion of the second and third circle left.
  6. A few years ago there was a stage built inside the Colosseum and concerts were held there to raise money for various charities.  The concerts were stopped forever when it was realized that the vibrations from the music were causing parts of the Colosseum to crumble.

All around the Colosseum are the remains of ancient cities. Amazingly preserved palaces, roads, gardens and arches.  The Romans built the Arch of Titus in celebration of conquering the Israelites and destroying their Temple.  On the inside of the arch is a Menorah carved into the stone.

Chris took some great pictures of our day touring Ancient Rome so be sure to check them out below.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.

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