Paul will like this post as it’s mainly photos. I really love this part of Rome. I slept 11 hours and woke up in time for 8:30 Mass at Santa Maria de Trastevere, my favorite church in Rome. Purtroppo, because of construction, 8:30 Mass was moved to Sant’ Egidio, a little Baroque church around the corner. Still, it was a lovely small Mass with an African priest and with African nuns who sang the most beautiful hymns at responses, at first I thought it was piped in! I’ll have to research Sant’ Egidio, but he must have been a scholar because his niche altar was lined with books.
After Mass I wandered along the cobblestone streets. I love walking in Rome senza mappa because I’ve been here so many times. I walked across the Ponte Sisto to my favorite piazzas: Piazza Faranese and Campo dei Fiori. Artichokes are in season, so they are on display everywhere. I also walked through the Jewish Ghetto and stumbled across the Portico of Octavia. What I love about Rome is that you stumble into history everywhere. I also found a church facade with Hebrew inscriptions. I crossed the little island in the Tiber back to Trastevere and home. Now to pack and catch the train.