Europe Awaits

In September of this year I will be traveling to Europe for the first time in my 34 years on this planet. This blog is intended to be a place where I can record my pre-departure thoughts and where I will also reflect on the experiences I have while in London and Rome once I … More Europe Awaits

The Roman Forum

Julius Ceasar is buried here, a temple to the god Saturn lay in ruins here.  Vestal virgins spent their lives keeping a fire lit, and tirumphal arches decried Rome’s greatness to the citizens of the empire, and the once pagan Temple of Romulus is now a Catholic Church with the most beautiful doors I’ve ever … More The Roman Forum

St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican is an interesting place.  So much wealth and opulence is on display.  Breathtaking paintings and sculpture, not to mention architecture everywhere you turn.  It’s easy to see why a humble monk like Martin Luther would be outraged with the Catholic Church and demand change.  St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where we listened to … More St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel

Sculpture in Rome

As you walk through the Borghese Gallery, the Museo Nazionale and even the Vatican Museum, at some point you think to yourself, “Okay, you’ve seen thousands of marble sculptures of naked people and horses, you’ve seen it all right?” and then you turn a corner and you’re standing in front of Bernini’s Rape of Europa, … More Sculpture in Rome

The Trevi Fountain

It seems cliche to write about how beautiful and amazing the Trevi Fountain in Rome is.  Everyone loves it, everyone writes about it.  A masterpiece in Baroque design and aesthetics.  What I realized looking at it’s aqua-marine water and whire marble, listening to the flowing water, and pushing through the huge crowd at 8:00 pm … More The Trevi Fountain