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The Shrine of Saint Veronica
The Shrine of Saint Veronica, 5/17/08

This statue of Saint Veronica is found in St. Peter’s Basilica. I learned that Saint Veronica is the renowned legendary woman who, moved by the sight of Christ carrying his cross to Golgotha, gave him her kerchief to wipe his brow, after which he handed it back imprinted with the image of his face. All I can say is he must have been wearing an awful lot of makeup!

I think of all the places we visited in Europe, I was most awed by the Vatican. It is truly the most beautiful structure that I have ever seen. And the art is absolutely amazing. I think this sculpture is particularly beautiful.

I submitted this photo to JPG Magazine Issue 19: Faith. Think it’s a good fit? Vote here!

We’ve just spent the last three days in Rome! It’s been wonderful and I am sorry to be leaving, but tomorrow we head into Tuscany and Florence for the next part of our adventure. Unfortunately, my internet connection is not that great and I don’t have much time so I’m not going to write much. But I wanted to share a few photos while I can. I’ll have many more that I’ll upload when I return home. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these.

The Colors of Rome
The Colors of Rome

The Bernini Bristol
Our Hotel, the Bernini Bristol

A Secluded Trattoria
A Secluded Trattoria

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

The Vatican

Marco, Christina and Vincenzo
Marco, Christina and Vincenzo, Our Fabulous Guides


Day 79 - Ankeny Square
Ankeny Square, 3/24/08

Home to Saturday Market on the weekends, Ankeny Plaza was at one time the city center of Portland.