|Baroque Gone Wild at St. Ignazio's|
At the risk of making one giant list, let me share some highlights of the trip:
This sculpture turned out to be the most incredible piece of art I've ever seen. It depicts Apollo running after Daphne right at the moment she begins to turn into a tree. As you walk around the sculpture, you can see Daphne's toes stretching into roots, her hair twisting back into leaves, and her fingertips sprouting branches. Apollo grasps a hand around her waist, which has already begun to turn into bark, as his toga billows out behind him. It was SO worth waiting in the long, hot line (and dealing with the total lack of customer service) to see this sculpture. Other rooms in the Borghese house Bernini's Rape of Persephone sculpture and his statue of David.
|Super-touristy picture on the Spanish Steps|
If you ever go to Rome, beware the crazy drivers. Lanes and stop signs are optional, apparently, which requires all the drivers to have superlative dodging skills. On the taxi ride back to Fiumicino airport, we ended up going 96mph on the highway.
|View from the Duomo|
The next day, we hopped a train to Bologna, where we stayed at a hotel right in the middle of the Quadrilateral, the market neighborhood. After the constant trekking around, we could barely function in Bologna. So what did we do? We plunked ourselves down at Fleur du Vin, a French wine bar/cafe, and drank rosé and ate cheese and bread.
|Fruit at the Quadrilateral Market|
Now I'm back in Vienna, where I'm trying to keep myself busy. Going from people and activity 24/7 for so long to living alone feels strange. I suppose this is when I'm supposed to practice and explore and make new friends. I'll keep you posted on how that goes... :)