“Not all those who wander are lost.”J. R. R. Tolkien

“Not all those who wander are lost.”J. R. R. Tolkien

In my case, by wandering I find myself.

A ‘trek’ from London, England brought us to Rome, Italy and so this is another tale, with our trails being the streets of Rome.

Michaelangelo's Pieta, 1499
Michelangelo’s Pieta, 1499

St. Peter’s Basilica…never did I imagine that I would see both Michelangelo’s Pieta and his David. He carved this in 1499 at the request of French cardinal Jean de Billheres who wanted a spectacular memorial to be placed on  his tomb when he died! I guess his wish was granted!

Michelangelo was only 24 when this was completed from a single slab of marble and it is the only piece that he ever signed.  Unfortunately in 1972, it was severely damaged when an unemployed geologist from Hungary hit it with a hammer and after 12 blows, it sustained terrible damage. After several years it was repaired  but now it is behind bulletproof glass.


The  beauty, art, history and workmanship are overwhelming to the senses.

Vatican City was built over the tomb of St. Peter and became a separate state in 1929.


Tiber River, Rome
Tiber River, Rome


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Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”  Miriam Beard

The Colosseum, commissioned in AD 72 and completed in AD 80 with 80 arched entrances to allow the spectators easy access!  “The amphitheatre could hold seventy thousand spectators. The tiers of seats were inclined in such a way as to enable people to get a perfect view from wherever they sat.”  Visiting here was my husband’s dream come true  and the sheer genius behind the design and  construction of this architectural  masterpiece had me thinking……. and we think we are evolving?!


photos by L. Fudge


We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”  J. Nehru