ROME 22/6 – DAY 14: Stirring it up a little

I was not up to see it, but I am confident that the Roman sunrise was at 5:32 and that the sunset will be at 20:50.  In the Vatican City State the Ave Maria bell won’t ring at 21:15 as it ought.

There are 200 days left in this calendar year.

This corner view is really Roman.

My view while working on some chess openings.  My opening game pretty much sucks. Gotta improve.   Working on chess problems, with a nice view, a little pepper grinder converted into a bud vase with cheerful diminutive carnations… not bad.  I am so grateful to the people who donated for my stay here.

The new Decree about new religious communities gives St. Rita a headache.

The ceiling of Sant’Ignazio.  Let’s have another look.  If you could walk diagonally across the nave, navigating around all the chairs and little herds of tourists gathered near their vapid guides, it would look by genius mathematical design as if the figures in Andrea Pozzo’s Late Baroque vault images were moving.   Truly amazing.    Standing in the center (there is a disk in the pavement marking the spot) you have an illusion of infinite space.

Jesuits were into scientific things, such as new-fangled gadgets like telescopes.  They had a little observatory at the Roman College, part of the whole complex with Sant’Ignazio, the church.  For years, as I would walk over the Gregorian University in the afternoon for Latin with Fr. Reginald Foster, I would stop to look at the meteorological data that they posted each day in the case to the left of the door.    Let’s see what’s posted today?  Sunset?  Sunrise? Ave Maria?

Hmmm… that seems a little out of date.

Did someone lose the key to the case?


Supper with The Great Roman™ involved the killing of a kilo of clams:

Even better than last time.   I’m getting the hang of this.  Next time also with razor clams if they have any.

Please think about supporting the traditional French Benedictines of Le Barroux who are making good wine in the old papal vineyards from the Avignon Papacy.

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  1. Robert says:

    The Ristorante Da Sabatino in Piazza di Sant’Ignazio is one of my favorites in Rome, for a good meal at a good price.

  2. VForr says:

    Wow! The view from your window while you practice chess openings is spectacular. Fantastic shot. Excellent composition.

  3. JonPatrick says:

    “Chess Opening Blunders”. Sounds like a book I could use. My son whom I play regularly via chess dot com has a way of maneuvering his knights and bishops to get me all tied up in knots and have to make exchanges that leave my pawn structure a shambles.

  4. Jim Dorchak says:


    I love their wine but I am not sure if Catholics are still in charge of the winery?

    Of course there are the Chilean wines that are always beyond compare! Especially the Carménère which is now only found in Chile that is full bodied and excellent as well.
    Happy that you are enjoying your stay there. We really love seeing your life through the camera and your blog and YT as well. Jim

    [Take a look at the monk’s wine site for the history of the vineyard. Really interesting. And I am pretty sure that Carménère is also now, in small batches, in Italy and the USA.]

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