Rome If You Want To (Part Something Or The Other…)

I had a post ready and rarin’ to go last night but…I couldn’t post it.

It involved people I don’t really know and, as these things tend to happen, said people had a certain kind of crappy day. (Not that what I was going to post would have been derogatory towards them in any way, shape or form, but I felt it prudent to not add to their headaches. So this leaves me with nothing.)

Aha! Fooled you!

It turns out that I still had some pics left over from our fairly recent trip to Rome, so I might as well dump them onto the intertubes and funnel them all over this crazy rock we call Earth.elephant-pillar.jpg

Say hello to the Elephant Obolisque Obermanshire Obelisk “Elefantino”. (Seriously, say “Hi”… I’m waiting.)

I particularly like this pic for several reasons:

  1. I think it’s a cool shot
  2. My wife hates it because it’s a better shot than she got
  3. The bird shit under the eye looks like a tear

Less homes would be robbed if people had kick-ass ornaments on their front door–especially if the ornaments had motion detectors and smacked the head of anyone trying to break in. (Kind of like a gong. That would be cool.)

This is the roadside where we waited for our “tour bus” after a trip to the catacombs. I won’t bore you with the details except in bullet form:

  • American tourists are stupid (this includes myself)
  • NEVER take a tour
  • If you have to wait 3 hours for a bus on a narrow, incredibly dangerous road, you are obviously a stupid American tourist
  • Catacombs are full of dead people. There is no reason to tour them (it’s not like they’re gonna get up and dance or anything…)


If you ever get the urge to visit the Vatican, here are a few of the pillars that will greet you.

I’m not Catholic but if I was this shit would have been really, really impressive and would have made me ask the obvious question:

“Are you sure it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven? Cuz this looks pretty fucking flash to me…”

The construction of these 2,000 year old buildings should say a lot about the strip mall disposable chip board housing everyone seems to favor these days. And by that I mean…umm…don’t really know actually.


There’s lots of spooky Dan Brown shit that goes down here in the Pantheon. I won’t elaborate. But damn…it’s spooooooky!


And finally…ancient Roman aquaducts.




  1. Love the photos. Especially the one of the Pantheon. Wowza. Well done, you.

  2. Thank you, Jama. I felt bad posting these pics a WHOLE month or so after our visit. I felt really lazy but, dammit! I like these pics!

  3. Awesome photos. And so nice of you to be considerate of someone else’s bad day. Maybe you are an extraordinary American 🙂

  4. I do try, Malinda…I do try. (Sometimes.)

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