Monthly Archives: April 2016

Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Though I’m a very spiritual person, when religion is mentioned, I always cringe away from it.  I know there are a lot of people who find their connection with Source through some sort of organized religion; I was just never one of them.  I was raised Catholic and absolutely hated going to church, feeling as though there was nothing for me there.  While some found comfort in the mass, I couldn’t wait until I was an adult and could stop going.  Even though I no longer consider myself Catholic, I now have a more balanced view of the Church.  Pope Francis is doing a lot to change people’s views, and I find myself resonating with a lot of things he says.

Ironically though, I’ve always found the churches and cathedrals of Europe to be the most peaceful places.  Maybe it’s because they’re quiet and filled with light, but there is a different energy about them that I don’t feel in churches elsewhere.  You can feel the creative energy of the artisans who built the church, channeled straight from God.   Mostly my spiritual connection comes from being in nature, but I was incredibly moved just being inside St. Peter’s Basilica.  In between taking pictures of ceilings and floor tiles, I sat down in a prayer area to meditate and had an amazing experience.

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square), Vatican

Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter’s Square), Vatican

Chandelier, Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square), Vatican

Chandelier, Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter’s Square), Vatican

Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square), Vatican

Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter’s Square), Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

When I first saw the sign I thought it was the Spanish clothing company. Obviously not.

When I first saw the sign I thought it was the Spanish clothing company. Obviously not.

Courtyard of the Pinecone, Vatican Museum

Courtyard of the Pinecone, Vatican Museum

Courtyard of the Pinecone, Vatican Museum

Courtyard of the Pinecone, Vatican Museum

Courtyard of the Pinecone, Vatican Museum

Courtyard of the Pinecone, Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Square Garden, Vatican

Square Garden, Vatican

St. Peter's from Square Garden, Vatican

St. Peter’s from Square Garden, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

Trastevere

Flower truck in Trastevere, Rome

Flower truck in Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, which literally means across the Tiber, never used to be a place to find many tourists.  They mostly stayed in the centro or the Vatican.  In recent years, however, Trastevere has become the hottest neighborhood in Rome.  People flock to the area for the old neighborhood feel and for the food.  Trastevere, along with Testaccio, is now foodie central.

Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Jasmine in Trastevere, Rome

Jasmine in Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Piazza de Mercanti, Trastevere, Rome

Piazza de Mercanti, Trastevere, Rome

Entrance to Santa Cecilia in Trastevere Church, Rome

Entrance to Santa Cecilia in Trastevere Church, Rome

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere Church, Rome

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere Church, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Via della Lungaretta, Trastevere, Rome

Via della Lungaretta, Trastevere, Rome

Via della Lungaretta, Trastevere, Rome

Via della Lungaretta, Trastevere, Rome

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Wedding "limo" after getting married in Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, Rome

Wedding “limo” after getting married in Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, Rome

Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, Rome

Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, Rome

Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, Rome

Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, Rome

One of the many cats of Rome

One of the many cats of Rome

New Age mentality in old age building, Trastevere, Rome

New Age mentality in old age building, Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

Graffiti is everywhere in Rome

Graffiti is everywhere in Rome

Roman Apartment Building

Roman Apartment Building

Old meets new on Viale di Trastevere, Rome

Old meets new on Viale di Trastevere, Rome

Clash of cultures on Viale di Trastevere, Rome

Clash of cultures on Viale di Trastevere, Rome

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Viale di Trastevere, Rome

Viale di Trastevere, Rome

Urban car repair, Rome

Urban car repair, Rome

Belltower in Rome

Belltower in Rome

Gianicolense neighborhood, Rome

Gianicolense neighborhood, Rome

Gianicolense neighborhood, Rome

Gianicolense neighborhood, Rome

Gianicolense neighborhood, Rome

Gianicolense neighborhood, Rome

Ancient Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

You can’t walk more than two steps in Rome without encountering evidence of the Roman Empire.  The ruins coexist with the buildings and cultural icons of subsequent generations.  Walking from the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, a modern structure, you pass the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill before coming to the Colloseum.  Keep going and you’ll find yourself on the Appia Antica, the old Roman road.

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Wedding pictures at the Colosseum, Rome

Wedding pictures at the Colosseum, Rome

Baby pine tree and pruned adult, Rome

Baby pine tree and pruned adult, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Entrance Gate Number, Colosseum, Rome

Entrance Gate Number, Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Constantine's Arch and the Palatine Hill, Rome

Colosseum, Constantine’s Arch and the Palatine Hill, Rome

Constantine's Arch and the Palatine Hill, Rome

Constantine’s Arch and the Palatine Hill, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Palatine Hill from the Colosseum, Rome

Palatine Hill from the Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum from the Roman Forum, Rome

Colosseum from the Roman Forum, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome

Forum from the Palatine Hill, Rome

Forum from the Palatine Hill, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome

Roman Forum, Rome

Roman Forum, Rome

Basilica Massenzio, Roman Forum, Rome

Basilica Massenzio, Roman Forum, Rome

Basilica of Santa Francesca Romana, Roman Forum, Rome

Basilica of Santa Francesca Romana, Roman Forum, Rome

Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, Rome

Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, Rome

Circus Maximus, Rome

Circus Maximus, Rome

Circus Maximus, Rome

Circus Maximus, Rome

Via Appia Antica, the old Roman road

Via Appia Antica, the old Roman road

Via Appia Antica, the old Roman road

Via Appia Antica, the old Roman road

Via Appia Antica, the old Roman road

Via Appia Antica, the old Roman road

The old Roman Wall

The old Roman Wall

Teatro Marcello, Rome

Teatro Marcello, Rome