Will Rome Ever Rest?

The contrast between Tuscany and Rome is both dramatic and jarring. It is midnight as I write my last blog installment from Italy. Why so late? The city is abuzz as if commuters are retuning from their work day and I am buzzing right with them.

Entering Rome was easier than we anticipated. Life is often this way – brace yourself for anticipated chaos or disaster and reality pales by comparison. Thankfully.

In the short time we have been here we have seen many grand structures and monuments: Victor Emmanuel II Monument, the Arch of Constantine, the Pantheon, the Forum, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and others. But it is the Pantheon that stands out to me both in its beauty and purpose. It is a building devoted to the gods and goddesses that lift, enlighten and guide mortal beings in the course of everyday life. As you stand in the middle of the rotunda and look up, the single opening of light draws your attention to the heavens.

What does this have to do with jewelry (a topic I have attempted to weave through my journey in Italy)? Any effort in this world needs a guiding principle. Throughout my travels I am reminded of and directed to the force that calls me, the light as seen through the dome of the Pantheon.


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  1. Arli, I am happy you got to spend some time with me in Italy too!

  2. Bill, thank you for inspiring me to write from my heart. Withou you, I would still be writing dry commentary that frankly made me yawn. It is a good thing to not bore myself, let alone my readers! I know you are on baby watch – what a glorious event. My prayers are with all of you.

  3. Lynn, thank you for all of your great comments as I have traveled through Italy. As in our previuos conversations, I am in accordance with your feelings. I am not in love with Rome – it is the simplicity of the Tuscan people and the rolling hills of farmland that draw me. Venice is a treasure. I hope you get to return soon.

  4. Arli

     /  September 30, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us all. It has been great to re-live my time in Italy thru yours.

  5. Bill Brown

     /  September 30, 2012

    May The force be with you. Safe travels.

  6. Connie,
    It has been so much fun reliving some of our trips to Italy through your blog! Rome is great to visit and see all the famous sites there are to see, but for me, it was not a place I would long to return to. Now Venice and Tuscany are another story, I feel them calling to me…….: )
    You and Jan have a safe and uneventful trip back, so glad you had such a good time!


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