|There is quite a bit of climbing to get to the upper levels but there are lifts available for the less mobile.|
|Never seen an idiot before? Here's one.|
|Seating in the Colosseum was planned in such a way that men and women were separated. The rich were also segregated from the commoners.|
Walking through the now silent walls of the Colosseum, an echo of its former glory days, I can imagine how grand it must have been even by today's standards. But because of the sinister purpose it was used for, I can't help feeling the name Mausoleum would be more befitting.
Today, more than it being one of the top tourist attractions in Italy, the Colosseum has become an icon for the banishment of capital punishment, that is, the death sentence. Each time a country banishes the death sentence from their law, the Colosseum lights up.
Once it was a symbol of death, now it's a beacon of hope.
A Wonderful Romemance
Departing the Colosseum from yet another unknown gate, we left behind the city that time never forgot and brought with us beautiful memories my parents and I will remember for a long time.
From Vatican City to Trevi Fountain to Roman Forum to Colosseum, we were very privileged to have come so far and seen so much.
We are very grateful to have this opportunity to admire the masterpieces, stand in awe of human will and architectural cleverness, commune with time by walking the grounds the ancient walked on, but above all, for having made the trip as a family.
More than we learnt about the history and buildings, we learnt things about each other during the journey that 'romanced' our familial relationship.
With the end of the Rome shore excursion, we also ended 3 intensive days of shore excursions taken with Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. It has been an exhilarating experience encountering so many things before our time. So much so that the sight of modernity was a refreshing sight.
This is also the last of the series of post about Rome on this trip and the last post derived from the amazing Liberty of the Seas cruise experience. Writing all these blog entries had been a great way to relive this truly awesome Western Mediterranean fly-cruise vacation!
I've truly found what I was looking for in a fantastic holiday.