The Forum

The forum was just amazing.  I love all the ancient marble and stone ruins.  I did find out why the heads are missing on a lot of the statues.  The heads were worth lots of money, so the rich would collect them.

The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum (Italian: Foro Romano), is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.

For centuries the Forum was the center of day-to-day life in Rome: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city’s great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history.[1] Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million or more sightseers yearly.[2]
Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. The Roman Kingdom’s earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence, the Regia (8th century BC), and the Temple of Vesta (7th century BC), as well as the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, all of which were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome.
Other archaic shrines to the northwest, such as the Umbilicus Urbis and the Vulcanal (Shrine of Vulcan), developed into the Republic’s formal Comitium (assembly area). This is where the Senate—as well as Republican government itself—began. The Senate House, government offices, tribunals, temples, memorials and statues gradually cluttered the area.
Over time the archaic Comitium was replaced by the larger adjacent Forum and the focus of judicial activity moved to the new Basilica Aemilia (179 BC). Some 130 years later, Julius Caesar built the Basilica Julia, along with the new Curia Julia, refocusing both the judicial offices and the Senate itself. This new Forum, in what proved to be its final form, then served as a revitalized city square where the people of Rome could gather for commercial, political, judicial and religious pursuits in ever greater numbers.
Eventually much economic and judicial business would transfer away from the Forum Romanum to the larger and more extravagant structures (Trajan’s Forum and the Basilica Ulpia) to the north. The reign of Constantine the Great saw the construction of the last major expansion of the Forum complex—the Basilica of Maxentius (312 AD). This returned the political center to the Forum until the fall of the Western Roman Empire almost two centuries later.

 

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The Church Palace Hotel

You drive down a tree-lined lane to get to the front of the hotel.

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You arrive at the front door.  The building looks smaller from the outside, but inside it is much bigger.

 

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There are many different places to sit outside and in with art work everywhere.  As I walked into one of the little outside sitting areas the smell of the gardenia was amazing.

 

 

While we waited for the rest of the Anchorage Concert Chorus to arrive we listened and watched some green parrots.  They were flying around gathering food for their babies.  I had to laugh because at one point both parents left a nest and the babies started calling them.  It reminded my of our twin granddaughters.

 

 

There is a beautiful church right in the center of the hotel.  The hotel has quite the history.  It was built in 1926 by a pope.  The first news on the building dates back to 1948 when the building was designed as Home for Holidays of Women’s Youth, a branch of Catholic Action. Denitively inaugurated on the 8th of may 1955. The church and the historic apartments of the Hotel offered hospitality to the bishops during the Synods, the Second Ecumenical Council and various Episcopal Conferences. Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli stayed here before the opening of the conclave that elected him Pope John XXIII. From a convent to a pilgrims’ house, the hotel’s vocation for the hospitality grew from year to year up to now, transforming itself into an eclectic 4 star Superior Hotel thanks to a creative and intrepid Entrepreneur.  It still to this day belongs to the church.

 

The rest of our group arrived and we all had dinner together, including the Flat Ole Hippies.

 

For those of you that are watching for the traveling, green short shorts David did wear them the first day in Rome.

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Well that is all for tonight.  It is time for bed.

 

 

Green Short Shorts

There has been quite the discussion about David’s green short shorts.  I don’t think he should wear them because he has such long, skinny, white legs.  He doesn’t see a problem with them.  I do have to say that he put them on before he got into bed and I was already in bed.  He brought me the camera and as he is standing in front of our mirrored doors on our closet I am getting ready to take the picture.  He says, “Honey, you know when you take this picture you will be in the background naked.”  “Oh, shit!” I said as I looked in the mirror and see my nakedness.  I made him move then because I didn’t want to scare everyone. Some friends said we should have a vote.  I am going to post two photos with him in his shorts and I want all of you to vote yes or no.  Then we can see if he gets to take them.  You have to do this fast because the suitcases are closing tomorrow.

Thanks for the help!

 

TWO DAYS AND COUNTING

Potter Marsh

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The chance to see a moose wading in the marsh, a muskrat swimming by or poking his head from the water or even the spawning of chinook, coho, or humpback salmon in Rabbit Creek: This is what you can see along the 1,550-foot wooden boardwalk that offers a panoramic view of Turnagain Arm, a waterway into the northwestern part of the Gulf of Alaska.  Binoculars come in handy to search the cottonwoods near the bluff for an eagle’s nest. The marsh makes a good place for birds to come to nest in early spring.  As you stroll over watery openings and sedges, look for newly hatched young.

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Girdwood Brewery

I went to do an interview for an article here Sunday.  I met some very nice men, Rory and Brett Marenco who happen to be twins and Josh Hegna who is the social drinking advocate.  They have only been open for a barely over a year.  It is located in one of the most popular places to ski around Anchorage, Alaska. Their story is a good tale and I am excited about getting started on the article.

http://www.girdwoodbrewing.com/

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