Rome Day 3, pt 8

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Rome Day 3, pt 8
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 11:03am
Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket The whole grecian urn thing- loved it- Romans "stole" a lot of their art and ideas from the ancient Greeks. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket lots and lots and lots of artwork depicting different popes. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket This one has very creepy eyes. It was explained that when they made bronze sculptures, they used glass eyes (first of all, I can't even believe they had the technology to make these realistic glass eyes!!). When they ran out of bronze, they made stone sculptures, put the glass eyes in them and then painted it bronze color to fool people into thinking they had a bronze. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Even the floors are highly decorated. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket I really, really liked this sculpture of the flute player. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket These ceiling tiles look like they are a relief but in actuality they are trompe l'oeil- which means "fool the eye"- so they are flat but they look like they are sculpted. Very, very good. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Check out this ceiling!!! It was in a really long room and it was just amazing. I could have stared at that ceiling all day. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket More ceilings: Photobucket Photobucket The tapestries are very fragile, so you can't use flash photography, so they look dark. They have a guard in the room too, to make sure you don't. The guide was really excited about the tapestries and said how masterful they are. I liked them but had a harder time getting excited about them. Apparently, an artist would paint the picture and then send it to the weavers - who I think were like a family in a small town- and they would hand weave these things and they are huge and yes, pretty amazing. Photobucket They did it for maps. Considering how limited their tools were for figuring out where things were in the world, it's outright amazing that they did so well. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket This is just an art piece but I really liked it a lot and it actually reminds me a lot of the sistine chapel. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket And then we moved on to St Peter's Basilica- the largest church in the world (according to Marcos) which is also located in the Vatican.
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 12:14pm

Oh I agree about that ceiling-I would have wanted to spend hours just looking at that alone! What really strikes me about all the art is how detailed and intricate it all is and just how much work went into all of it. Think of that one big ceiling alone and just how long it took to do that. Wow.

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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 12:15pm

Phew!

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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 12:21pm
The girls were upset when I told them they might as well leave their straighteners and curling irons home. I'm sure some of them will sneak them in their luggage but it won't do them much good at all.

I loved the Colloseum too. It is amazing. They used man powered cranes to get those large stones up to the top. Crazy, right?
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 12:22pm
Kim- the whole Vatican is that way. You don't even know where to look. I went to their website and I realized we barely scratched the surface of what is there! You could probably spend days looking at everything but honestly, I think it would be overload!
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 8:03am

I am finally caught up.

I can't believe how much you have packed into each day.

 

  

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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 9:54am
Well, we are gone for 11 days. You figure two of those are travel days, so 9 days x 3 countries. I'm guessing will be three days per country- which is about what we had in Rome. I wish they would give us our itinerary early so we could talk to the girls about all the things we are going to see.

It's crazy to think how much stuff we DIDN'T see, when we saw so much.

I was pretty amazed by those tiles too.
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 10:09am

How is the fund raising going?

 

  

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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 10:28am
No, the t-shirt thing didn't work out but it may in the future, we just have to reconfigure it.

We are still really far from our goal but I got a bunch of new ideas for money-earning for the girls, so I think we are going to do some different things and try that. I think part of it is that we haven't done a good enough job of advertising the things we did, so we need to do better at that and then hopefully we can make some better bucks at the things that we do do. We've been averaging one fundraiser per month last year so I think we will strive for that again this year. So now that cookies are over, I think we are going to plan a skating thing for March.