What a crazy 24 hours.
We were in Turkey - Ephesus and Selçuk. We got there by boat.
We flew from Samos, Greece, though Athens.
We arrived in Rome.
3 countries; 2 continents; 2 boats; 2 planes; 24 hours!
So, now we are in Rome. What an amazing first 12 hours we have had together.
We first visited Santa Maria della Vittoria. This beautiful church houses the Ecstacy of St. Teresa. It is one of Bernini's masterpieces. This statue and the entire church are breath taking. What an amazing way to begin.
We then walked down the road to Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs). This is a magnificent basilica housed in the ruins of an ancient Roman public bath. There are no word to describe its grandeur.
The response of the students to these two structures was unexpected and a wonder to behold. It was humbling to be in conversation with them about how this brief and beautiful appetizer to Rome struck them.
Welcome to the majesty of Rome!