|St. Dominic is on the left....|
|Santa Maria degli Angeli.|
Then I stumbled around until I found the Santa Maria della Vittoria. First: it's tiny! Second: it's baroque! I'm no art historian, but baroque has always seemed...well...more complicated and detailed than I usually like. Still, if you love nooks and crannies art everywhere, this little church had it. And, of course, it has this amazing sculpture, which depicts a mystical experience Teresa of
Avila records in her autobiography.
It almost seems odd that such a phenomenon of art is in the side chapel of a small little Church on a busy street, wide open, just walk in, no glass barrier--but wonderful in a "you never know what you will find" way as well. Besides, the everyday churchgoer deserves beautiful art as well, yes?
By the way, I once heard that if you are ever in a Church in Rome, remember to look up. I was sitting in a pew, and casually looked up and...wow.
After this jaunt, it looked like it was going to rain, so I got back to the Vatican area and found someplace covered for lunch. Yes, I finally had pasta, and it was quite good, but I've had fresh pasta before so I wasn't exactly surprised by it either. The mass of Thanksgiving that was part of the beatification ceremonies was still going on (another three hour mass!), so I joined a bunch of pilgrims watching it on the big screen at Piazza Risorgimento (where I was the previous day, although it was not shoulder to shoulder crowded now--just very very crowded!). After that I just wandered around the nearby streets until it was nearly time for the blogger meeting, which I treat more seriously in this post.
(Left) Here is Kat of The Crescat, looking oh so cool and retro chic taking notes in a moleskin journal at the blogmeet. It was great to meet her.
(Right) And there I am with another Minnesota blogger, Susan Vigilante of Desperate Irish Housewife. Yes, Ironic and Desperate, hanging out. There is some existential joke in that statement.
And here is the venue. Very functional. Very easy to use. Very "Catholic Geekdom Unites." Wish I had known they were supplying plugs (my laptop ran out of battery 3/4 through).
So four hours later: we walk out. Or I do, I need to get back to Casa LaSalle to pack for an early flight the next day. But I see this on the way to my temporary home:
Ciao, Rome. It was a beautiful visit.
I'm giving final exams and grading hard and fast the next few days, so blogging will be light. Back soon!