Sweet Jesus!! No, seriously…I mean it! This guy is everywhere!! You can’t turn a corner without bumping into a basilica, church, altar, painting, sculpture or some other form of religious or historical significance in this country.
Having an AMAZING time. We’ve hit Rome and are currently getting ready to leave Florence for the hills of Tuscany for five days. Tomorrow, I will wake up on my 35th birthday (yikes!) in a Villa in the region of Chianti where the owners Guido and Martina will cook dinner for us for the next five days. I’m not kidding. Yes, this is what dreams are made of.
The decadence of this country is overwhelming. I vascillate from being caught up in the luxury of chocolate, gelato, cappuchinos, pasta and a bottle of wine at every meal to being utterly disgusted by the self-gluttony I’m putting myself through. I go to bed overwhelmingly full every night, but by lunchtime, I’m ready to do it all over again!
We’ve walked our tails into oblivion this week and have managed two runs. Rome isn’t a running town (picture Manhattan without Central Park), but Florence is slightly more friendly once you get out of the main part of town (and start at 7am). We did about 10 miles this morning running past more churches, over the Ponte Vechhio bridge, statues and the Piazza di Michaelangelo.
So much to say and so much more to come…Just a sample of what we’ve seen—Sistine Chapel, St. Peters, The Pope!, The Forum, The Coloseum, The Pantheon, David, The Pieta..and my mind has gone numb.
So many more pictures soon…not sure that we’ll have internet over the next several days!
I love this country!!! Vespas, Smart Cars and bicycles everywhere! My kinda town….