If I have to tell you why this picture is here then you have not been reading the website.
For the first time since I have been taking these pictures of the Armani sign it changed while we are here. I am not sure that this is because they are doing it more frequently or that our timing is just off for this trip.
The Hall Closet
Outside our apartment is a hall closet where the owner of the apartment lets us store clothing and other stuff that we do not have to carry back and forth with us on each visit. The inside of the closet has a gray clothes closet that we use. Each year there has been more and more piles of dirty and clean laundry that they use on the apartments when people move in and out. This year the amount of stuff we had to move to get to the closet was almost waist deep.
This was an especially rainy fall this year and there were signs all up and down the river of flooding. At least one boat that was sunk still remains in the middle of the Tiber.
In Rome they are always cleaning buildings and statues. Some of the more famous ones are done over a period of years and are covered up the entire time. Tourists whose timing is bad can miss the four rivers fountain at Piazza Navonna or the Trevi Fountain. At Piazza Baberini the Tritone done by Bernini was just uncovered after almost two years. It is quite clean now.
In most of Europe May Day (May 1st) is still a holiday and Italy is no different. There was a huge all day concert and we went to see what was going on. No bands were playing when we were there but there were lots of people.
…and what would a demonstration or holiday gathering be without the Hare Krishnas.
…and the vendors selling the Che shirts and various communist items.
The Quirinale, the residence of the President of Italy, had an exhibit of photographs and we stopped in on our way somewhere. The Queen took a picture of me with one of the guards.
Someone posted this photo of the Coliseum being repaired on the Internet on April 1st with the headline that condos would be available in the building when it was completed.
There are many plaques all over Rome on various buildings honoring people. This one honors Don Pietro Pappagallo who was a Catholic priest who was active in the resistance in Rome and helped many Jews hide during the war. He was turned in by a German spy and shot in the Adreatine Caves with the 300+ the Nazis executed there on March 24, 1944.
Wedding party was ready to board this pink limo in the Chinese section of Rome near the train station.
Little Girl Shoes
While at the market we looked for little shoes for girls in anticipation of the birth of our new granddaughter at the end of May.