Saturday, May 20, 2006
Other Cool Things in Rome
This is the monument for the unknown soldier. It has an amazing free museum inside. Do not sit on the steps; the police will freak out. Honestly, I understand the disrespect issue, but the police are really aggressive about it. I saw them yell unrelentlessly at a 5 year old. However, it is a beautiful monument and gives a great view to most of the city.
Rome also has the pantheon. I didn't actually go into the pantheon because I got there too late both days I went to visit it, but the outside of it is amazing. It is just hard to imagine something that big has been around for 2000 years. However, there is a McDonald's right across of the entrance. It kind of kills the mood of this huge 2000 year old piece o' history.
My favorite fountain in Rome, well in all of Italy, was the Trevi Fountain. This thing is huge. The statues were about 5 times my size. The best views are at night, but none of my pictures at night turned out. It was always packed, day or night. People throw coins into it and once, when I was there, I watched a homeless man use a long magnetic stick to pick the coins out. Word of advice, throw your coins far unless you want the homeless to get your wishes. Or you could just make it easier and give the money to the homeless. And if you want to be really nice, you could just buy them booze.
I know this picture just looks like a bunch of ruins and at first, I didn't really know what it was. I found out later that it was the place where Julius Caesar was killed. JULIUS CAESAR! How cool is that? Julius Caesar died here. I never thought I would see this spot and I almost walked right by it. Rome is AMAZING!