Preparation Day is not for washing clothes - since our washing machine doesn't work anyway, and it is not for grocery shopping - we did that last night. It is not for cleaning house - although I did sweep through it this morning, and it is not for staying home. Preparation day IS for sightseeing! We have been to downtown Rome again today and walked and walked once again.
Our day trip took us to Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, more churches, and Piazza Navona where there are 3 fountains in one square. You thought there was an LDS Church on every corner in SLC, there is a church on every street in Rome and every one is tall, many with a dome, extremely high ceilings inside, VERY ornate, and cold. Marble is not a warm, fuzzy medium. However, it was warmer outside - not nice and warm but warmer, with no wind, and avery enjoyable day. Oh, yes, we also ate gelato! So Delicious! Much better than any I have eaten before.
Trevi Fountain was much different than I had imagined. It is a huge fountain that is actually the side of a building. Other buildings crowd around it on every side. That is also typical of the Pantheon and many of the other sights.
The Pantheon was originally classified as a temple and is dedicated to al the gods of pagan Rome. In the dome is an extremely large hole that is open to the outside. The outside of the Pantheon has numerous columns in the front.
The Piazza Navona is a large open square, which seemed very different because of the large open space. In the middle of the square are 3 fountains, each with a different theme.
It has been an interesting day!
Love, Sorelle and Anziano Sommerfeldt