|Helena shot this one|
It all began last September during Karen Russell's Hometown Workshop, where a dozen photographers met and fell into a delightful friendship while expanding photography skills. Somehow during our parting conversations, a trip to visit our friend and fellow classmate Helena in Rome, was tossed about...as was a million other topics. Fast forward seven months and suddenly I am in an airplane somewhere over the Atlantic with three lovely ladies on my way to Italy.
"Italy...what's my wife doing in Italy." A Garlick Press movie quote favorite.
Another level was later added at the very top of the building with some standing room and steep wooden benches. This section was for the very poor, slaves and women. Say what? And I don't imagine they had those cushy stadium seats either. The gladiators who fought battles here were most likely slaves, prisoners of war or condemned criminals. During the inaugural games of the Coliseum over 9000 wild animals were killed during the animal contests.
The church dates from the sixth century and feels immediately as if you have traveled back in time for centuries.
Helena made sure we all threw our coins into the fountain. Remember...this was only day 2. If this had been day 10...given that she most likely was sick and tired of us, she may have withheld this little tidbit about returning to Rome.
Stay tuned...more posts on Italy to come! And by the way...Trip to Italy was Filthy Fifty item #9.