Last day in Rome...
The Rome seminar ended yesterday - and based on the feedback, it went well. I was worried with the translation that was happening but based on comments received on the blog and the feedback forms - it worked out well.
Spent today walking about - I did not want to fly back today, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I'd rather wait for all of the "civilian" travelers to get out of the airports first :)
A friend of mine, Marco Adelfio (he is one of the two developers working on the 'beta asktom'), recommended I walk up to Gianicolo hill - which is what I decided to start with. So it was off to the River Tevere again, as you can tell, the weather was not the best:
It was nice that so many things were so close to my hotel, I haven't been in a car since Saturday when I arrived. I made it to the stairs that would lead me up to the top of the hill:
and the view was worth the climb. It wasn't optimal for taking pictures, a little too dark, but I got a couple of good shots:
After walking around up there, I set off for the Pyramid of Cestuis. It rained like crazy on the way there but the promise of clearing skies can be seen in the background of this shot:
Then, it was off to the Terme di Caracalla ruins. On the way there, I spied this building on a hill - you have to like the architecture around here, every building is pretty cool in its own right - but some just stand out:
Any way, Terme di Caracalla is a highly recommended place to go if you ask me. Yes, it cost an entrance fee - but it was worth it. I like ruins and these were very nice - the grounds were in excellent condition, it was a really nice place:
I really liked the way this shot came out, a bit "ghostly" looking with the fuzzed out windows from the sun. As you can tell - by now, the weather was perfect:
Then it was off to the S. Giovanni square for a look around and then back to the Coliseum for a last view:
And then back to the hotel. A nice big 5 plus hour circle around Rome. Feet hurt, shoes are wet, but I saw a lot of things I hadn't seen before. Back home tomorrow...