Saturday, June 25, 2005

Rome for kids

Alexander’s burning question after seeing the Vatican was, “what do the Pope’s pajamas look like?” Given that the colorful Swiss Guard costumes look like PJs, he was convinced that an important guy like the Pope wears something really special at bedtime.

While touring St. Peter’s basilica, the piece that most captured Austen’s attention was the skeleton holding an hourglass. Yvonne and I had missed it, but they captured the essence of the basilica in one figure – make your life count while you can.

All in all, however, Rome is a bit much for little guys. The thing the boys liked most about Rome was the plastic Coliseum play set we bought them, complete with lions and catapults, which they played contentedly on the floor of our hotel.