More hiking around today. We made it to more of the bigger ruins in the Roman Forum and down to the Pantheon. I cannot believe that that building is still standing. It’s unfathomable how the whole thing was ever made in the first place. The architecture and perfect geometry and symmetry of it seems impossible. And to think it was made around 25 BC and is still standing strong is incredible. I really was impressed with its enormity. But the funny part was the fact that even though the Pantheon is in a pretty little square with quaint, pretty Italian buildings and restaurants, good old McDonalds was directly across from that glorious ancient monument. How nice. But not really. It was also pretty funny to look at the rules once walking into the Pantheon. Apparently one major rule was to not “make annoying noises inside the building.” What kind of general rule is that? Ha, who knows but we got a laugh out of it.
On the way back, we stopped at this great glass bead shop. It was a small store, but every square inch of it was covered with multi-colored beads and glass balls and chandeliers. It was so pretty and we hung out there for a little while just for the atmosphere.