Monday, November 1, 2010

No free internet in Rome

We've checked into our last hotel and will be here from today (Monday) until Friday, when we fly home. Our internet access costs 5 euros an hour and is very, very slow. So most likely this will be one of my last posts this week. To get a logon and password I paid my money and gave them my passport to make a copy of. It gets stapled to a receipt and sent to the police station! When in Rome....

Our group of 19 is beginning to break up as we start this four-day optional extension in Rome. By tomorrow, five of us will have departed for home or other Italian cities. We had our last group dinner tonight. For the next three days we'll be on our own for meals. Which will actually be a good thing, since our group dinners have usually been multi-course feasts that I haven't finished.

Our tour guide will be with us until Friday. Tomorrow is ancient sites, I think, and then the Vatican, a recommended optional tour. I grew up Protestant but married a Catholic and converted. For over a decade I was a liturgical musician, but after my divorce in the mid-80s, the church didn't seem to know what to do with me. I stopped going. I was angry for a number of years, but gradually took a different spiritual path. On this tour I've visited a number of churches; the one that left its mark was the basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. I've come to an okay place with the Catholic church even though I have left it behind.

Usually I don't discuss this kind of subject in my blog, but it's been the most significant outcome of our Italy trip - and it wasn't something I either sought or expected.

I haven't posted many photos in the last few days. We've been in cities, where photos are tougher to take. And in most of the museums and churches no photos are allowed. I'll see what visits we make in the next few days.


Teresa Evangeline said...

How wonderful, Linda. I'm so happy that your trip yielded something so fine and unexpected.

#1Nana said...

One more thing we have in common...I too left the church behind. But, I haven't come to terms with it. I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools for part of my elementary of these days I'll write about it. I hope you enjoy your last week in ITaly. I've enjoyed traveling with you through the blog.

Cheryl Kohan said...

Well, it's good that you've made peace with the church, so to speak. And in such a significant place. I don't talk much about my spiritual beliefs much, either, but organized religion has been a big disappointment to me for lots of reasons.

Linda Reeder said...

I'm catching up with your travels.
It became very obvious very fast that most early art was produced for The Church. The church and royalty were the only ones who could afford it. But in doing so at least they provided work and thus a livlihood for the peasants. And because it was in the churches, it is still there for all to see. That's a good thing.