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A Stroll Through the Forum
8/1/2011 6:52:11 PM
Continuing the journal of one writer's return to Europe after 55 years.

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From Dorien Grey and Me (http://www.doriengreyandme.com)

04-10-11

10:38 a.m. and I am seated on a block of stone directly in front of the Arch of Vespaslano Augustus, through which I can see the Roman Forum spread out in front of me. Directly to my left are the ruins of the Palatine Hill. Entrance, surprisingly, is free, though you have to go through an official entry point, which took me forever to find. You stand in line for a ticket, are given one, hand it to a guard at a turnstile who scans it (did the Romans use scanners?) and passed through to the base of the Palatine Hill. Walking to the right past nameless empty, Pompeii-style roofless rooms brings you in time to the Arch.

People everywhere, and this is Sunday.

Well, now to continue our (heavily photographed--if you are on Facebook you can see them by going to Dorien Grey's page) journey. Until the next block of stone, then....

11:32 A low wall around the impressively calm courtyard of the House of the Vestals, directly beneath the Palatine Hill. I'm sure such areas of calm and beauty contrasted strongly with the roiling hubub of the city surrounding it. The courtyard is lined with statues of the virgins, all on plinths with writing. Dedications to specific virgins, perhaps. You can see for yourself when the photos are put up.

Much more to see. Onward.

12:13 Began my stroll through the Forum at the Arch of Vespaslano Augustus, and ending it at the Arch of Settimio Severo, one of the most famous of the Forum's monuments. The space in between was filled with photographs. I am expecting my camera to tell me its battery is exhausted again at any moment. Will now find something for lunch and head back in the general direction of the hotel. My poor computer has been a trooper through all of this and, even more than with the internet, I don't know what I would do without it.

Need I say "More later"?

2:31 Surprised myself by, on the way back from the Forum, stopping at a little restaurant and having a bowl of tortellini soup and, of course, a beer (I don't care much for coffee and need something with which to wash every swallow down...not so much a problem with soup, of course, but....). I've eaten almost twice as much in Sorrento and Rome than I normally do. I think that's a good thing. May go out again later before "dinner."

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Please come back next Monday for another installment.


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