ROME 22/10 – Day 1: Getting it together

On this (N.O.) Feast of the wonderful St. Therese, (St. Remigius ) who saved my vocation, in Rome the sun rose at 7:05, and I saw it, and will set at 18:54.   The Ave Maria should be rung at 19:15.

With great gratitude and not a little relief, I have arrived safely and soundly with all my impedimenta intact. I am grateful to my buddy in Brooklyn who picked dropped me at JFK.

During the flight I mainly slept, eschewed the meals, and played chess against the airplane’s system’s engine.  It wasn’t much of a challenge on the hardest setting.  Keeping an eye on my back rank vulnerability, but things are pretty much in hand… as we landed.

On the way in, going past EUR.

Via Ostiense.

Piramide.  Obviously.  Behind it is the “Protestant” Cemetery.

Having dropped impedimenta at the apartment, breakfast was sought.

The things one sees.  That’s an old one, a ROMA F1 plate.

Shopping for necessities required multiple stops and more than one trip.  I still have a few things to collect, including some pre-positioned things from last time.

Everywhere, smiling upon us.  Here they are with necklaces as well as crowns.

At the Campo de’ Fiori, I also bought some flowers for the apartment.  As one does.

The gals at the grocery store asked for a blessing.  Nice.  They liked the Latin.  So did the people in line behind me.

More later.  I must fight jet lag now, with might and main.

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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Glad you made it to Rome!

  2. Not says:

    I thank God you arrived safely. Who knows, maybe you will be there for the next Conclave.

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    Why fight it, sleep. Consider some zinc and Vit C to try and avoid those horrible colds you sometimes get when traveling. Take CARE stepping off those sidewalks please. Keep alert and God bless you. And share photos please.

  4. PostCatholic says:

    Enjoy the trip! I don’t know Rome that well, have only been there on work trips and once as a seminarian. So, excuse my ignorance, but is the church on Via Ostiense the Basilica of St. Paul furi la Mura? (sp?) “St Paul Outside the Wall”

  5. benedetta says:

    Happy to hear your update, Father. Happy trails! Looking forward to photos of your trip in coming days.

  6. Sid Cundiff in NC says:

    Thank you for the photos of Rome!

  7. VForr says:

    I have been looking forward to these photos for months. Thanks for sharing!

  8. TonyO says:

    Is it just my imagination, or is the Roma F1 license plate on that pink car bent to fit the shape of the back end? Looks like it to me.

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