Saturday, January 29, 2011

The House of the Vestals reopens in Rome!

The House of the Vestals reopened in Rome after extensive reservations. After twenty years the remains of what was once a fifty room palace (and home to my character Elissa Rubria) is once agai open to visitors. I look forward to returning to Italy and walking through the site on the north side of the Palatine Hill.

Yesterday I spent a few hours at the Metroplolitan Art Museum hanging out in the new Greek and Roman wing. It's absolutely gorgeous. Wander down a hallway filled with sculptures, study cases full of beautifully crafted bowls and stunning jewelry. The Met brings the ancients to life. Later, after lunch, my sister and I got lost in the maze of ancient Egypt--and spent time relaxing at the temple of Dendur (a complete temple in the heart of the museum) along with the lion-headed goddess, Sekhmet.

Here's a photo of the House of the Vestals in Rome:


Jacqueline Howett said...

Lucky you, wish I was there!

Suzanne Tyrpak said...

I'm not there yet, Jacqueline. Hopefully soon!