Rome: More Then and Now

23 Jan

9° in Chicago – today’s high. Why not head to Rome where the temperature today reached a balmy 53° ? And to say nothing of seeing the eternal city with few crowds!

This picture is of me (left side), perhaps in January of 1972, in front of the Vatican. Sun shining, few people, and no snow! Pope Paul VI was in residence.

Judy at the Vatican, 71-72

Judy at the Vatican, 1972

This picture is of Benita, same study abroad program, some 40 years later! A clear evening, few people, and no snow! And of course, Pope Francis is in residence, though not the traditional one of his predecessors.

Although I took hundreds of slides while studying abroad, they are sitting in storage with few words or descriptions to jog my memory. Benita, on the other hand, has the opportunity to create a dynamic journal of her study abroad experience, both in words and pictures, and share it in real-time.  Just incredible!

To see some amazing photos of Rome at night in winter, like the one below,

or wherever her journey takes her, click .

I agree, Benita, Rome is always a good idea!

What better excuse to travel…see you there soon!


Judy (Mom)

5 Responses to “Rome: More Then and Now”

  1. l. gingerella January 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    I love it and ready to go!


  2. Melinda January 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM #

    That is so neat that Benita was able to recreate that exact photo!


    • blogginginitaly January 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM #

      Makes me smile!So happy that she gets to have this experience.


  3. Yvonne Wilson January 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM #

    Judy, how wonderful that Benita is experiencing this dream come true! I will be so excited to follow her blog as she goes on her adventures. I think her night shots are outstanding, (have actually sent a note asking if she could share what camera she is using for them if she has time). Thank you for letting us share in her adventure! Keep warm out there in the Arctic – ummmm! I mean Chicago!


    • blogginginitaly January 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM #

      Yvonne, so nice to hear form you. I’m sure she’ll respond…it’s a great camera and lens. And guess what? I’ll be there visiting her and Cortona soon! So very excited! Can’t wait to be warm!!


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