This morning the group went off to the Audience and some time in the Museum, both of which I passed.
On my way to meet a priest friend at Gammarelli I stopped at Sant’Eustachio. Just a nice view, inside a Roman church. Turning the pulpit into a bookstand was kinda dopey.
We hit some textile shops. It is cheaper, sometimes at least, to get the fabric at a fabric place and then have the work done at Gammarelli. I got some spectacular gold silk for a song. This will save hundreds of euros off the price of the Pontifical set we are making. I think it’ll be matched with blue trim, if I can find the right stuff. Thanks to my friend for helping with the acquisition.
Largo Argentina has an archeological site, with Republican temples. Spiffy.
Time for lunch!
We started with a bowl of ovoli (Amanita caesarea) with shavings of fennel and just a hint of cheese.
We chose a duetto of Rigatoni alls Norcina and Bombolotti all’Amatriciana.
I had to have my requisite saltimbocca. That duty is now fulfilled.
On the other hand, there was this vestment option.
I am sorry to see the return of this garbage to Roman shops. Francis Effect, perhaps.
I almost chose this option for the set.
Then there was the Bovine Option. It is for Wisconsin, after all.
Today the group went to visit, in quite a private way, the barracks of the Swiss Guards.
Some uni’s, ready for consignment. All the uniforms are tailor made.
Some historic uniforms.
The guys who make the uniforms. Great guys!
Not so historic. I would have liked a better view, but I didn’t want to freak people out.
These would be true pacifiers.
A rarely spotted coat-of-arms in Rome.
Can you make it out? Have a try!
I met an old friend for supper. We caught up on all manner of ecclesial… news… over pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale.
Then past the Pantheon on my way to find a Partagas.
Tomorrow, Mass with the group early at Ss Trinità and then to find the trim for the vestments.