Just a short post today to let you see a little bit of Rome and share a thought or two.
We packed our bags and left them at the hotel after we checked out. We had a mission to find a few simple gifts and see a few sights. A fellow pilgrim had told us about two churches on the same block designed by competing masters of the Baroque era. Here is an excerpt of the texts he sent me.
“In via Quirinale there are two churches near each other. One is San Carlino alle quattro fontane (architect is Borromini). The other is San Andrea al Quirinale (architect is Bernini). These are the two giants of the Baroque period with radically different styles. Borromini creates stark interiors with complex geometrical forms, especially curved lines, while Bernini does incredible embellishments. Their personalities were also very different. Bernini was the consummate man about town and Borromini was a recluse always dressed in black and committed suicide.”
His advice was Spot-On. The two churches were great examples if radically different styles of Baroque. Which do you like.
Next we went past the Pantheon which we’ve visited in the past. It is awesome but the line was too long to re-visit.
We finally visited Castile Sant’Angelo the castle/fortress/palace of popes.
Finally we strolled back past the Vatican
The time for us to head to our airport hotel finally arrived and not a moment too soon. Honestly this pilgrimage has made me restless. Staying in one place for two nights just felt odd. I don’t think we could have stayed another night.
As we walked out, the entire city came out and literally rolled out the red carpet. We were touched. Truly touched.
We hung around for a bit but never found out what was REALLY going on.
The last “adventure” was our short train ride to the airport where our hotel for the night awaited. It was surreal to see things pass by at high speed. Our journey home has begun. We so look forward to being home. We miss so much about it – not the least of which is our family.