When you come from a place where the land itself is ancient but there are very few man made structures which are more than 100years old
and you walk around a corner in a new city looking for a supermarket to buy to tea, bread and coke only to be confronted with this,
it is a little difficult to take in !!
This is the Pantheon in Rome and it is just around the corner from where we are staying.
Now this is a seriously old building.
It looks terribly old too.
It was completed in 125 AD and has survived intact till today.
That's over 1800 years old ! ! !
Inside it is just awe inspiring.
The dome is very high and it was the highest dome in the world for hundreds --no, more than a thousand , years. The only light source was the oculus at its highest point.
This is the original marble floor. Still beautiful today.
Not far away, through ancient, windy laneways we wandered into the Piazza Navona
Around every corner there is a wonderful fountain but this lovely square has three of them !
The cafés surrounding the square proved to be too enticing and we had our first taste of dining in Rome - a late breakfast and a pleasant chat with a friendly waiter to try out our Italian.
Then it was on to find the famous Trevi Fountain.
I've decided that when you travel from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere you lose all sense of direction. We seemed to be going in circles and finally turned the map upside down !
That seemed to solve the problem and we finally arrived at the fountain.
There was a huge crowd there too but that didn't diminish it's beauty.
It was a bit of a battle to get to the edge of the fountain so we could toss our coins in, but we did it.
Right hand . Over left shoulder
That's the way !
Hope it works!
More adventures soon.