Beauty in the Commonplace

Any time we went into or out of a port we were always accompanied by seagulls, and we would often see them in the cities.  I’m sure to the locals, they think of them as we think of birds such as crows… very commonplace.  However, once you take a closer look at them you can see the beauty in them that God created.

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A New Friend

We’re home, doing a lot of laundry and trying to get our bodies adjusted from Italian time to New Mexico time.  I’m still working on processing our photos from our trip and I hope to have them done by this weekend.  After that I’ll do a series of posts for each of our days on our cruise and time in Rome.

In the meantime, I want to introduce you to our new friend.  This is Agung who was our stateroom attendant.  He was responsible for cleaning our room and keeping our ice bucket filled and he did both very well.  We spent some time to get to know him.  He’s from the Island of Bali in Indonesia and married with two kids.  He even taught us how to say ‘good morning’ in his native language – “Salamet paggi,” and ‘good evening’ – “Salamet mulam.”  We started to greet him this way every day and he seemed to appreciate our efforts to get to know him as a person.  When we said goodbye to him on our last day, he said, with a tear in his eye, “I think of you as my grandparents.”  That was special to  us.

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Roman Coliseum

Sunday morning we took a tour of the Roman Coliseum which is pretty incredible.  As with most of the popular sites, there were thousands of people, but we were able to book a tour that got us in a special entrance so we didn’t have to wait in line as many people and groups did.  We entered the Coliseum through the gladiator gate, where the gladiators entered to do their battles.  It’s also the gate where the loser goes out.  At the end of our tour we went out of the Coliseum through the winner’s gate.  Then we toured the Roman Forum which is a pretty amazing area.  It was a great tour, even if pretty hot in the sun.  We had lunch at a sidewalk cafe and we all order pizza.  We rested in the afternoon and ended our evening with a delicious gelato.  I had a cup with pistachio, hazelnut and milk chocolate flavors.  A good day.

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Rome the Eternal City

We arrived back in Rome on Friday and had a driver who gave us a driving tour around Rome.  This is a picture of Margie and Betty with the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica (designed by Michelangelo) in the background.

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Monkey Business in Gibraltar

We were in Gibraltar and took a great, if  long, walking tour on top of the ‘Rock.’  Part of the scenery are the Barbary Macaques, wild monkeys that roam the place.  Betty made a friend while we were there.  (When we get home and I have a chance to work on my photos, we’ll make a post for each place we visited.)

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