We found a place (an apartment) in Rome that was walking distance to the Coliseum.
And so, on our first night in Rome, I went with my sister Deanna (and Carrie) on a short 6 block walk to the Coliseum.
I was here in 1993, but I remember the experience of approaching such a mammoth structure from such a (seemingly) ancient time.
It was fantastic to share the experience with my sister as she approached the coliseum for the first time.
“It’s funny how it’s just… here, right in the middle of everything,” she said.
It is really funny.
The modern city of Rome built up and on top of the thousands of years that is under the city, and yet the coliseum, despite its years of wear, abuse, and need to be repaired and restored, remains as a testament to the city and civilization which once controlled much of Europe and the known world of the west.
I was really glad to get to come and see this place with her, and to experience it the first time with someone who can take the time to let this place and her experience in Italy have a profound impact on her life.
Mostly, I am excited to see my sister again. Spending time with her in Tuscany and Rome has been really fun and a special time for me.