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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Roma: Project Underway

Hey guys! Returning this week to report a million things from Rome! So we continue to go all over the city. An average day goes like this: take the train to meet at a choosen location at 8:45am, Ozayr our architecture professor from the UofM gives us some background morsels to start us off, we go into the site and draw for a hour or so, regroup and walk around with Ozayr and get more seriously interesting information's about how modern Rome, and Empirical Roman, structures and leaders tie together and have changed throughout the centuries. Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for castel di San Angelo.JPG the picture to the right is the second floor portico at Castel Sant'Angelo
The weekend was sweet. flea market.JPGWe have a giant flea market right in front of our "apartment" each Sunday. It literally spans almost an entire half of our neighborhood. It has everything from old school leather furniture, to socks and leather handbags, to furs and old Italian magazine print ads. It was a serious excursion. Thumbnail image for roman forum pathway.JPG It was and eventful day to say the least. We started the week with the Coloseum or coloseo, and then of course the Roman Forum where we saw the Arc of Titus, Emperor Augustus' house and gardens, in the picture to the left, the procession of the Via Papales or where the ancient procession connected St. Peter's Basilica and the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. coloseo.jpgYou can see some awesome ancient maps from the talented mapmaker Giambattista Nolli. He solidified accurate mapping techniques in Rome. Everyday is something different here. We see gardens and ruins, modern interiors with 5th century carvings intertwined. Its an amazing city with so much history and culture and I am glad to be a part of it.