“Just about to find another activity–that’s not a good activity–that was what we were supposed to come up with–that’s the language my mom used with us, you know–we’re 4 years old, ‘come up with a good activity’–and we’re like sitting in mud ‘is this a good activity?'” – Brian Regan
Houston is the Goodman Giants activities expert. Catch up with this talented youth sometime and he can perform dead on impressions of his favorite comedian quoted above. The Giants will rate each activity up to 6 Goodmans. Feel free to judge our collective choices of activities and mock us in Brian Regan’s mom’s voice if you must.
Right hand over left should and the 1st coin thrown means you will return to Rome. All six Giants made that throw. Second coin thrown the same way means you will strike up a new romance – the four non-married Giants did that piece. Finally the third thrown the same way will lead to marriage – the unmarried sent those coins into Trevi Fountain as well. Total amount of coins deposited: €.42
Mom and Dad Giants didn’t throw seconds since they have romance. And of course a new marriage as the result of the third coin is unthinkable for those two. As this is typed it is realized that the myth better have time limits in that both elder Giants tossed a coin in ten years ago when visiting the Trevi Fountain in 2008, so this is their 2nd coins. Of course new romance between the two of them is fine – not that the flames need to be rekindled – just good to keep the fire stoked. Warning to the two of them that if they visit again they will need to plan a vow renewal ceremony since that visit would likely include third coins tossed!
Amongst large Summer crowds the Giants first queued for St. Peter’s Basilica at 3:47pm and with the hot (91 Fahrenheit) humid (72%) day it looked like the wait could prove to be unbearable. That type of pessimistic outlook is not typical of the Giants and thankfully the down thoughts did not overcome the group. By the time (4:02pm) the short wearers had returned from changing in the bathroom the Giants maneuvered to a security line in the shade. Vatican City has strict posted standards for dress for those that wish to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Later the Giants found the covered shoulders and dress/skirts below the knees were not universally enforced. Some were pulled out of line, and this was after the wait for the security check. Better safe than sorry by dressing according to the standards shared.
All went smoothly until the Swiss got in the way at 4:13pm. Not the Swiss Guard, rather the Swiss Knife. While in Zermatt, Switzerland a boy Giant purchased a Swiss Army Knife that he is very pleased with. The security check at St. Peter’s left this boy with the options of throwing the knife out or not scaling the dome. The Mother of Giants interceded and stayed back with the knife.
Can’t keep a Giant Mother away from the group long. By 4:19pm she texted the Father of Giants “I hid it in the bathroom. But how do I get through security quickly again?” Hopefully this was not a crime. It was a public bathroom. Hopefully this post does not get the Giants on a Vatican watch list.
All together by 4:35pm the Giants ascended the dome of the Basilica. The last great climb of the EPIC Camp Goodman.
The view was worth it.
While at St. Peter’s don’t miss the Vatican Grottoes. You will do best to ask for directions – many visit them and many more don’t know they missed them.
The sign is by this statue:
When the Mother of Giants went to retrieve the hidden knife she found that the section of the restroom where she hid it was closed for the night so that end of the night cleaning could be reduced. After consulting the team she charged in past many harsh Italian words in severe tones and quickly grabbed the paper towel the Giants prize was hidden in. The cleaning guard has no idea until she reads this post what was reclaimed.
During the time that Goliath was taunting the Israelite army for 40 days straight “David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper” to visit his brothers and deliver supplies as commanded by his father. “And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army” and saw that no one would stand and fight against Goliath. David ran.
Having already killed a lion and a bear David did not fear Goliath and convinced king Saul to let David fight. David declined the offer to wear the king’s armor or use his sword. “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.”
Armed with proven tools David replied to Goliath’s verbal threats, “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” “And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.” David ran to meet Goliath.
“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.” “Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.” David ran.
The Goodman Giants also had to run to see Michaelangelos’ David. Like clockwork the Giants arrived at Accademia Italiana located at Piazza de’ Pitti, 15, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy 15 minutes earlier than the schedule time for the entry as directed to do on the tickets. And good thing they had timed tickets given the three different queues at David’s museum.
Months of planning and on this 25th day of travel a mistake was discovered. David is not at Accademia Italiana, he is at Galleria dell’Accademia.
Accademia Italiana is a school 15 minutes taxi away from Galleria dell’Accademia at Via Riscasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze Fl, Italy. All the double checking of travel routes will not help if the wrong address and name is used. So the scene waiting above was not seen until after quite a David like rush. The Giants ran. And finally the Giants found themselves standing like Goliath at a red sign, the best sign of the three to stand by:
Standing or running Michaelangelos’ David is an amazing site to see in person. Giants rate this giant statue:
There are other fine works at Galleria dell’Accademia that did not get much eye time for the Giants or many others.
Visiting the historic sites of Catholics and pagans in Rome, Italy is a must. The history and cultural significance is easily know by each of the Giants. Visiting the construction site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Rome, Italy was also a pleasure.
The volunteers in the construction trailer visitor center were rather welcoming. The exterior of the temple looked complete with landscaping being finished. The Giants had the opportunity to talk with volunteers who just the day before were working on strands of crystal that are being hung from interior chandeliers.
The Giant adults were privileged to serve as volunteer tour guides for the Gilbert, Arizona temple open house a handful of years ago. As a member of any faith, or none at all, it is a great experience to see the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before they are dedicated. So if you are in Rome, Italy at the right time add this religious site to the list you already have created.
Galileo, heard of him? The museum with his name in Florence, Italy is worth a visit for the many historic pieces on display. Hours could easily be spent taking in the history and science.
Improvements are needed. The museum has items hundreds of years old. Items controlled and passed down by the Medici family. The written descriptions in the museum, on the web site, and on the Museo Galileo app all need to be updated. Some items have a name only. The descriptions offer much less than 10 second Google searches. Of course the volumes provided by Google need to be boiled down to what’s interesting in the moment while viewing the displayed item in question. Hopefully the museum will do some searches and add to their descriptions.
Giants rating if the museum updated their presentations: