Today, we took the metro (a 1st for me!) and the bus to a shop that sells canes. Fortunately, I was able to replace the one that was taken with another that has a seat. So then, we were "right near" St John Lateran and we thought it would be a shame to not see it. So we went (a 4 block walk uphill and 1/2 of it in the street!!!)
It is indeed lovely with a baldecchino to rival St. Peter's and heroically sized statues of the apostles!!! Pictures will follow.
Then we WALKED another 8 blocks to finally find the bus to take us home - we rode the bus to the Termini and were hungry so we ate lunch al fresco (the weather has been lovely) I had the most heavenly little light fried pastries filled with very lean salami and fresh mozzarella.
Then Pat says, "Look!! Mary Major is just a block down the street. Let's go see that as long as we are here" So we set off. One block turned into 3 turned into 5! By the time we got there i was in serious pain, so I sat for a while and prayed for all on my prayer list (as I did in the Lateran also). Mary Major is HUGE and also very lovely and I took some pictures there also.
THEN we get out of Mary Major and can't find a bus stop!! The upshot was we walked the entire length of Via Torino (about 12 blocks) I I am now sitting with an ice pack on my back, drinking coca cola light to try and calm everything down!
The 1st one is St. Thomas, the apostle in John Lateran
The 2nd is a gorgeous golden altarpiece in a side chapel in the Lateran
the 3rd is an absolutely breathtaking bronze door at Mary Major's entrance
The 4th one is the altar and baldecchino at Mary Major
The 5th one is Pat and Pio Nono at the chapel of the relic of the Bethlehem manger in Mary Major
Love to all and thank you for reading!! Ciao