my favorite photos are the ones with me in it. please don’t take that a self-absorbed comment – but one that acknowledges you can only have so many pictures of the colosseum or some other ruins before they all run together. i am so happy that i flipped my camera around to capture me in the moment with the memory in the background.
the other thing that pops into my head are all of the missed photos. many of places we could not photograph in were the coolest places i visited. for example, you cannot take pictures in the sistine chapel. i watched security escorting a guy away that tried to sneak in quick shot on his phone. it was serious business in there.
while most churches and basilicas just ask that you use no flash, something just didn’t feel right for me about taking ton of pictures inside an active place of worship. (that is just my personal feeling – but i was one of the few that was not snapping away). the few i had didn’t turn out well as i definitely did not pose in these situations.
this place was amazing. since i was not busy taking pictures, i feel i probably better inspected, listened, and absorbed what i was experiencing. i may not have any photos to print or share, but my memories are better than some that i have of pompeii, where i was always on the look-out for the next picture.
we wrapped up the trip with a walk down the appian way and around the aqueducts. i really appreciated this tour not only for the variety and mix, but also because it took me just outside of rome – which can be over-stimulating at times as it is so busy and populated (granted visiting during holy week pumped up the tourists in town). this was a favorite guided tour (disclaimer – i think i say this about every tour).