Pilgrimage to the
Lands of Dominic - 1985
By: Barbara Cooper
After Mass at St Marie Novella we are on our way to Rome. When
we arrive at Villa Rosa where we will be staying, the Sisters are at the
doorway to greet us. It is a welcoming feeling, and something of a
relief to be speaking english with these Irish Dominicans after
stumbling along in Spanish, French and Italian accompanied by smiles and
The traffic in Rome makes NYC seem like a picnic! Six
roads merge into one gate. In our orientation to the city, Margaret
- Let everything - smells, tastes, etc., - embrace
you. Let everything be a friend. Be patient.
Ancient Rome - the Forum and Coliseum
Rome of Early Church - churches, catacombs
Cultural Rome - museums, gardens
Artists' Rome - street artists, fountains
Distinct flavor, culture of Lombard
- hot, slow, don't get pressured
- avoid rush hours
- there are two kinds of pedestrians in Rome: The Quick and The Dead!
- Rule of Italian drivers is "drive aggressively" and fill in every
Our Villa Rosa is just down the street from the
Coliseum; I'm practicing being a "Quick" pedestrian!
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