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The Roman Forum

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‘Foro Romano’, The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy.

We saw so many ruins at the beginning of our most recent trip to Europe. So much rubble can start to get a little boring. Minus a few exceptions, when you’ve seen one toppled column and pottery fragment-you’ve seen them all. However, the Roman Forum was one of those exceptions. It’s hard not to be impressed when you’re standing in the thick of it. You just yearn for some way to see it in its former splendor. C’mon geeks-put out some kind of augmented reality rig so I can see these ruins rebuild themselves. Better yet, give me an iPhone app. Personally, I have a totally inflated and unrealistically romantic ~idea~ of history, so I couldn’t help but be in awe by the fragments of human achievement I was surrounded by. The old saying, “They just don’t build ’em like they used to,” is appropriate. I wonder how many of our modern glass and steel boxes will still be around a couple hundred years from now. And I wonder if they’ll look this good.

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