|Andrea helping Gia to get started with molding her clay.|
|Caden and I making our clay flat for shaping.|
|Art master Lily hard at work.|
|Making shapes to attach to the spoon holder.|
|Our raw materials.|
|Decorating the bowl...|
|Love this pic of Lily concentrating as she embellishes her plate.|
|Gia painting her spoon holder.|
|The Angst pottery masterpieces (at least before being fired) - they will be delivered to us Saturday before we leave.|
|Nero and his family are buried under this church.|
|Gia's drawing of the Obelisk (second oldest in Rome)|
|We ate our first burger and fries of the trip at a little restaurant just off this street. A welcome change from our usual pasta.|
|Gia washing her hands with her daddy... which was Gia's highlight of the day, which she drew below :)|
|The fountain was also a highlight of Caden's :)|
|The Spanish Steps - but Lily Angst|
|The view from the top!|
|Looking for the Monster House and Trevi Fountain...|
|Monster House, by Caden Angst|
|Gia trying to "squeeze through" - it didn't work.|
|On a fountain mission|
We made it to Trevi Fountain only to find it was under construction! We learned from our mission that the water that feeds the Trevi Fountain travels 8 miles from a spring outside Rome through a 2,000-year-old aqueduct. Once it drains from the fountain, it fills other fountains in the city including the Old Boat at the Spanish Steps and the Fountain of the Four Rivers at Piazza Navona.
Our mission included throwing a coin into the fountain over our left shoulder, to help support the annual $800K haul the fountain brings in for charities each year. Even without water, we didn't want to jinx ourselves. It took some work getting the coins above the barrier, including a couple re-tosses, but by the time we left, coins had made it over the wall!
|Lily as she heard her first attempt ricochet off the Plexiglas and into the crowds :)|
|Caden made it on his second attempt.|
All were exhausted at this point, so we walked to the closest bus stop outside of the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, which was quite a stunning spot to wait for a bus!
|Vittorio Monument, by Caden|
Lily's bus entry...
After dinner we took a walk through the grounds of the property. A lovely evening, followed by Nerts at home (in honor of the Altman's :)
|Admiring the view|