First, just a nice image from the new camera I am using. The photos are great, but it is a little clunky to get them from the camera to the blog in a timely manner.
One of my errands on this trip involved the acquisition of tassels for the dalmatics of the Roman vestments we have back in Madison.
I decided on these, which will go with every color that we have. Each dalmatic, at this point only for the deacon and subdeacon, will have four, two that hang down from the shoulders and two more that cross the back and hand down in the middle. Eventually I’ll get some for the assisting deacons.
My bonsai tree guys in the Via dei Coronari! HERE
Here is a shot from the chapel immediately behind the tomb of St. Philip Neri on my anniversary of ordination. The vestment is one of 12 that were made at the time of the canonization of the saint. One of them is on St. Philip’s body now.
At the altar in his rooms (upstairs – where it is no longer possible to say Mass – a ridiculous decision by the Oratorians) there is a piece of his precordium.
One of the benefits of Rome on the Feast of St. Philip Neri: strawberries!
These are the little “forest strawberries”, about as big as the end of your finger. They are, right now, perfect. Here they are dressed with a touch of lemon and sugar.
Every restaurant should have a table full of fish.
Vitello tonnato, good for a hot day.
This was interesting. It is a kind of caccio et pepe, but with mentuccia and black truffle.
Along the street with lots of clerical shops. Wow… no… just…. no.
We had a private tour of San Clemente from one of the Dominicans who is a reader here. He gave us a great visit and showed some things that people don’t generally get to see. Alas, I can’t post photos of a lot of it. But here is a shot of the courtyard in front of the basilica, which is much like the most ancient church’s courtyard.
Here is an amazing shot from a balcony.
And here’s another shot during supper with the same priest. I was pleased to find rigatoni con la pajata, which involves veal intestine. Yum. This is a Roman classic.
Meanwhile, I’ve had meetings with the Commandant of the Swiss Guard and Card. Burke, and a wonderful anniversary supper with about a dozen friends at Lo Scarpone on the Gianicolo, which concluded with cigars.
I’ll keep those to myself.