3 April 2015
We got up and were out the door, grabbing an espresso and assuming we’d find food beyond the fruit from yesterday: “Santa Maria Sofra Minerva (above Minerva). Built on top of the ruins of a temple to Isis (so how did Minerva get involved?) Dominican church. The plaza has an amazing elephant statue by Bernini holding a piece of another ruin. The plaza is totally cool because it underscores what is so about Rome — Every corner you turn there is another ruin or great architecture.”
“A very flat Renaissance facade does not prepare us for this [above]. We were blown away by the Gothic interior. I would not have gone in but Mik pulled me in! Colorful, ornate but tasteful. Gilding everywhere. Peacock blue, gold and red. A la leaky pen! Pin dots of gold like stars.” 11:12am / added watercolor to the page at 9pm
“To be realistic one must always admit the influence of
those who have gone before.” Charles Eames
“Okay, been there, done that. Pantheon. Maybe I’m just a victim of boring history profs @ 7am [in college]. . . I liked the Minerva Church better. This place was a zoo, and I’ve seen it before. I went in but bowed out for the guide (which Mik did). Came out to grab a coffee and did a so-so-sketch.” (Notes that say it is not long enough along the front facade.) “Tons more people. Pencil then ink 40 minutes with tourist interruptions. Now to Late lunch.” Added watercolor to the page at 9pm in the room.
2pm “Late lunch at Antico Forno del Ghetto @ Piazza Costaguti 30/31. Path to Teatro di Marcello. Ancient Jewish bakery, [got it] to go: pizza rossa, pizza bainca, ricootta cake with chocolate, biscotti. LOTS of biscotti treats and [pizza] crust in olive oil.
Munched amazing red pizza w/ tomatoes as we walked. . . and the other pizza was drizzled w/ olive oil that tasted like olives, and olives. Mik’s carried his Mac today — WOW — different from carrying books.”
“Doric columns @ the base, Ionic in the middle. Amazing re-use of the ruin w/ apartments at the top and behind. More interesting than the Colosseum. Outdoor theatre now. These apartments are the newest, built after the 1930’s . . . was once part of the Orsini residence. Then there is this Temple to Apollo, three columns, a sacred altar. All this in what was once the Jewish Ghetto. Mario told us there were lots of bad places to eat, but we have this great list! 4pm Teatro di Marcello – Temple di Apollo Sociano.”
9pm “Omigoddess the ricotta cake w/ chocolate is too amazing. Dinner back at Sushi. . . To beat to hunt [for food], and clean food is heavenly.”
Ignore my early morning musing (that black blob), the start of the 4th, up at the crack of dawn. I would’ve posted earlier but had to wait because Mik’s ‘puter was packed!. Love you guys. Hope you are enjoying.
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil, De Artramentis Document and Super5 ink, and Daniel Smith, Holbien and QoR watercolors.
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