It’s my favorite time of year. The mountain sides are awash in yellow and red-gold pockets amongst green pine. The skies are a rich and deep blue and the days are perfect for hiking and fishing and just communing with nature. These pictures were taken in the Empire Valley, just south of Leadville on Hwy 24.
After Rome, our group to a bus to Assisi to visit the resting places of St. Francis and St. Clare. The town of Assisi was a nice respite from the busyness of Rome. I just wish we had been able to stay longer. The following pictures were taken on my walks through the winding streets of this medieval hill town.
On April 26, the day after the Canonization Mass, we were able to visit the Chapel of the Martyrs at the Vatican and then sing at Pope St. John Paul II tomb in St. Peters. On a later day we were also able to tour the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum (no pictures allowed) and the Scavi. These are some pictures taken around Vatican City.
I was amazed by all of the flowers in bloom in Rome and that all of the balconies seemed to be covered in planters and blossoms. The following pictures were taken on my various walks through the city.
I was able to take an afternoon while in Rome to explore the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Forum and the Pantheon. It was a beautiful day with a dramatic sky. And while rain threatened, it blew over and I was able to see everything I had planned for that day.
So, there were millions of people trying to get into Vatican City for the Canonization Mass. We left our hotel at 3:30 a.m. to attempt to get in to see the Mass but weren’t able to make it. I did take pictures of the pushing crowds and the people amassed around the outskirts.
At the end of April I went on a pilgrimage to Rome for the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John the 23rd. It was an exciting time to be in Rome, and I was looking forward to taking lots of photographs. Unfortunately, I broke my shoulder in March and I was unable to take my favorite camera because it was too heavy for me to lift and shoot. I did manage to get a small digital camera, a Canon Powershot G15. It takes decent pictures, good color quality, so I wasn’t completely camera-less. You can see for yourself. This first post are pictures of the great Basilicas of Rome. I think there must be a church for every block in the city, but these are the four most important historically.