© Bruce Louis Dodson
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Humans are not allowed inside the Catican, but I have decided to share these with you.
The first is by Michelangelo Feline. The entire painting was done with his tail and a toothbrush. He was never the same after that and went to live with a very rich old lady in Napoli.
The second one is by Grimalkin Tabby a few years before he was taken to the Catacombs. It depicts various entities wishing they had more legs.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015
The crowds are here again, of course. Must be at least a thousand waiting to get in. Takes ninety minutes, then we pass through airport like security, conveyor belts and plastic tubs for metal objects.
We’re given recorder gadgets when we pay admission, and a pair of ear buds. Don’t like wearing these, but when in Rome . . . .
We spend three hours wandering, amazed . . . hard to absorb so much, and we have seen so little. It’s beyond imagination. Statues everywhere with penises chopped off, and men dressed up like chess pieces.
People lining up for holy water in a courtyard near a huge brass thing. A present to the Pope from some famous sculptor. I’m sure it has some deep meaning, but my audio device went staticy.
I missed the explanation of it. See scaffolding (in green at left) part of the endless maintenance required.
Inside again we pass by tapestries as big as England, hanging flat against the walls below long hallway ceilings painted with more detail than a person can take in.
It starts to feel too much, a cake too sweet that gives a queasy feeling in the stomach, massive decoration, wealth and power – scary. We’re inside anther world, another country, once surrounded by great walls. Now sixteen Euros gets you in – to the museum.
Rare Antique Pay Phones Everywhere.
Monday, October 12, 2015
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Friday, October 9, 2015
Click on photos to enlarge.
Another street performer.
I only saw one cat, lazily snoozing in a shadow, grateful to be left alone, unleashed, well fed. Kept by the owners of a restaurant next door. As good as it gets.
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Saturday, October 3, 2015
So many things.
There are fantastic churches almost every other block. No tourist mobs, maybe one or two people, no admission and mind numbingly ornate.
This one is worth a click to enlarge – I promise.
More Next Week