Saturday, July 25, 2009


First things first...Sheryl has some new pics of her work up now as well as some great links for cakes and photography. Check it out...

Secondly, I wasn't able to post the pictures I wanted to of Rome...just haven't had time to go through them. And, Ryan Hunt sent a DVD full of pictures from our day there that I loved so I'm adding some of those too.

We got up super early that morning and headed to the bus that would take us to the train into Rome...

Ryan and Tiffini on the train

Breakfast is still important...good thing I packed a nutritious one! :)

The Vatican--coming into the square there was overwhelming. It is all so massive it's hard to really capture it in pictures.

The entry way to the cathedral is covered in ornate gold design...this is a close up of one of the squares...squares like this covered the entire ceiling of the entry way.

Pieta (Michelangelo 1498-1500)

All the Popes had a sculpture of some sort built in their honor...some of them were really amazing

This bronze and gold altar in St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome is called the Baldachin Altar (Altar Baldachin). Supposedly located directly above the tomb of St. Peter, the alter and canopy is a Gianlorenzo Bernini masterpiece that was built between 1624 and 1633.

inside one of the domes

Main alter

Another beautiful monument outside the entrance to the cathedral

After being hot and tired we happened upon an outdoor market...with some really awesome dried fruit.


Originally a temple for all pagan gods, the temple was converted into a church in 609. The Pantheon contains the tombs of Raphael and of several Italian Kings.

Inside the Pantheon

TREVI FOUNTAIN--The Trevi fountain is at the ending part of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx 20km from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water. In 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a large fountain at the Trevi Square. A previous undertaking to build the fountain after a design by Bernini was halted a century earlier after the death of Pope Urban VIII. Construction of the monumental baroque fountain was finally completed in 1762.

Trevi is also famous for tossing in a coin for good luck---and inspired the song "Three Coins in a Fountain"

The Column of Marcus Aurelius was built between AD 180 and AD 196 as a gift by the Senate and the people of Rome and erected near the emperor's own temple, the Temple of the Deified Marcus.

The one landmark dominating Piazza Venezia is Il Vittoriano, a monument dedicated to king Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of Italy.

The Forum Romanum was the center of life in imperial Rome, evidenced by the many remains of triumphal arches, temples and basilicas.

THE COLOSSEUM--Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in AD 72. It was completed in AD 80, the year after Vespasian's death.
The huge amphitheater was built on the site of an artificial lake, part of Nero's huge park in the center of Rome which also included the Golden House (Domus Aurea) and the nearby Colossus statue. This giant statue of Nero also gave the building its current name.

What an amazing day and incredible experience!


V said...

Hi Brandon,

I love these amazing pictures. Thank you for letting us travel on your journey.

I was curious when you are planning to visit the Norwegian Spirit again.


Sheryl Thomas Florals said...

Thanks! I will be out there the last week of September. :)

Sheryl Thomas Florals said...

PS: Who are you V?

Anonymous said...

Sarah and Sheryl "loved" together at ACU? HA! Thanks for the laugh!

Love you guys,
Lindsey W.

annie said...

Again, I traveled down memory lane looking at these pics. Roma is an amazing city, & oh, the food!!

V said...

Hi again, I'm just a reader from afar who's a big fan of Adam Bastien's voice/music. I didn't even realize he was on another cruise until I was on the NCL Spirit a few weeks ago, so that was a great surprise. I was looking that up and came across your blog.

As you know, we weren't allowed to take pictures/video during the shows, and I've been missing his own music, so I'm relying on your old rehearsal footage for now. Thanks for that, by the way. :) I'm looking forward to your next trip out there in hopes that you'll be able to post some clips of the last rounds of shows he's in. :)

Also, I wanted to mentioned that you did a fantastic job with that show and cast. Our entire group of 20-somethings loved it. Throughout the week, the ship's crew that we got to know repeatedly raved to us about the high-calibre dancers and singers that were in that particular cast--that they're better than usual--which is a nice compliment to your and their hard work!

I love reading about your adventures and will especially be looking forward to your next trip to the Spirit. Thanks again, God bless and safe travels!