Rome 2014 – Page 16-17

Page 16-17 from my Roman travel journal
Page 16-17 from my Roman travel journal

Day 7 (continued from here)

After our visit to the Capitoline Museum, it was late afternoon. We had booked tickets for a tour of the Colosseum at night, so we now just had to wait around in the area and find some food. We first went into the Monti area and took a rest at the café 2 Periodico Caffè, a very nice place where we had some chilled white wine and chips. We then went for a Guinness at the Irish pub Finnegans (it is our tradition to always have a Guinness on all our trips).

A sketch of Michelangelo's statue of Moses
A sketch of Michelangelo’s statue of Moses

We then went to Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, primarily to see Michelangelo’s horned version of Moses. The Moses statue, which was created in 1505, shows an untraditional Moses with two small horns sticking out of his head. Showing Moses with horns stems from a mistranslation of a passage in the Bible, where Moses has light coming out from his head. In the wrong translation, the light became horns instead. It is widely believed that Michelangelo was well aware of the error but that he chose to depict him with horns anyway. But why? Well, I did not figure it out, but I did make a quick sketch, as can be seen on the right.

We had dinner at Hostaria da Nerone, where I had a lovely Saltimbocca. Under the meal, we could hear distant music, which later turned out to be from the Roman Pride Parade.

After dinner we went down to the Colosseum for our late night tour, beautifully named “La luna sul Colosseo.” It was an exceptional experience to be in the Colosseum after all the other tourists have gone. We were a small group of about 10 people and the only other people were a few other groups of the same size. The tour itself was very informative and gave one a great feel of the place’s former glory. For instance, the information that the building of the Colosseum was funded by the loot from the siege of Jerusalem, linking this building to Arco di Tito, which we had seen earlier that day, which depicts the victory over Jerusalem and the loot being carried off. During the entire tour, we could hear the music from the Pride Parade in the distance, with an intense bass rumbling through the building. The ruin was, by the way, also beautifully lighted.

After the tour we went over to the Ludus Magnus on the other side of the street, which is the ruins of the gladiator school. Right next to we finally saw the Pride Parade that we had heard all evening. So for a short while we danced to the beat and joined the joy, but then we had to stop because our tired feet were shouting and we were feeling tired. We went on our way back home only stopping on the way for a final drink at Barnum.

Day 8

It was Sunday and we were going home. We had our last colazione at the B&B, brought to us by the sweet Amy, who also made a great dish for us with scrambled eggs with cheese. We had asked our landlady to order a driver for us, so as soon as we stepped out of the front door the driver was ready. So finishing with the same luxury as we started with, we were driven to the airport. In the airport, we had our last Roman snack of lovely mozzarella di Buffalo, and then we were on our way back to Copenhagen. … Already missing the lovely Rome.



The Long Jump

A translation of Villy Sørensen's short story Længdespringeren illustrated by HP. The text is: Today no one remembers that I had the world record in long jump for years, and far be it from me to remind anyone. It does not impress today's youth that I first jumped four meters (you did not count the centimetres), even if I added that it was in armour and with a lance. I would only be laughed out.   No one realises that if we had not jumped so far in the past, it would be impossible to jump even longer in the present. People do not become stronger with time, but become differently dressed and more jealous, and what one performs, another immediately must surpass.   If you want to reward the world's greatest long jumper, you should by no means choose the one that has jumped the longest, but the one who has had the record for the longest time, for he has been farthest ahead of his time. Nowadays no record becomes a day old and I had the record for four hundred years.

Albrecht Dürer’s Whale – Part 2

Comic about telling the story of Albrecht Dürer's search for a whale. Raising the question: is it ok to lie when talking about historical events.

Albrecht Dürer’s Whale – Part 1

Comic about telling the story of Albrecht Dürer's search for a whale in 1510.

The Tell Telling Heart

This is a comic inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead. A stick person has arrived in the Underworld where he will be judged by Anubis. But he has forgotten to use Spell number 30 - the hushing of the heart - so his heart tells the truth about the life he had lived, and in the end he is eaten by the monster.