ROME 23/04 – Day 23: Salons and Solutions

Sun rise over Rome was at 6:16 and Sunset will be at 20:02.  The Ave Maria should be rung at 20:15 right now.

It is the Feast of St. George, whose relics are at San Giorgio in Velabro.

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de la Valette

Last night we were invited to a reception in the Galleries and once private apartments at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilji.

Dress: “Smoking” aka black tie. For priests that means house cassock, fascia and feraiuolo.

A few shots.

Some favorite paintings are in the gallery.  As always the illumination is frustratingly horrible.

I always think of my late friend Maurizio Marini when I see this painting. He was a great expert on Velasquez and had the studies for the final work.

There are Caravaggios, of course. Here’s one.

A tiny video clip or two… should have done more of these.


And with The Great Roman™.

Those weird little dots are not stains from the canapés.  I have found that, with this phone camera, if there are multiple light sources the three lens do this.  It’s annoying but… meh.


Meanwhile, today, Nepo and Ding played to a draw. Ding has his back to the wall.

Here’s a puzzle.

Black to move.   The first move is critical.  After that, things get easier.

NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    How elegant and lovely it all looks! I always hope Italy and all European nations will come to truly appreciate the beauty of their culture and refuse to allow it to be vaporized by the powers that be.

  2. Synonymous_Howard says:

    1. … Rxa2 (threatening Qxf2+ with mate to follow)
    2. R1c2 Rxc2
    3. Rxc2 Qxc2

  3. InFormationDiakonia says:

    Beautiful artwork Father! And, after reading “The Great Roman” it is nice to put a face to the name. It looks like a splendid evening, spent in beauty and among friends.

  4. jaykay says:

    I second InFormationDiakonia – it’s lovely to finally see The Great Roman™. And thanks to him for all the beautiful photos!

    And those “weird little dots” look like someone’s sighting-in on you, Faddah. Now who would want to do that? And in Rome? Hmmm…

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