When you stop in at McDonald's in Rome for something to eat, part of the menu will seem familiar to Americans. You can see a picture of CBO, a sandwich with pollo, bacon and cipolla (in the US that's cheese-bacon-onion) next to the McFlurry options.
But then, there is a hamburger with mozzarella and basil.
There is also a hamburger with fresh pecorino cheese and rucola.
I chose the burger with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
On Sunday I journeyed with three friends to St. Peter's Square to witness the canonization of six saints, including Mary Mackillop, Australia's first saint.
Maria, Brad and Larry
Caravita, our church in the historic center,
was a center for picking up our pilgrim packs.
The packs included a guide to places in Rome that were important to Mary Mackillop, a booklet with her biography, a bottle of water, a rain pancho, and our pilgrim scarves.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the canonization Mass. (In addition to Mary Mackillop (1842-1909), Pope Benedict XVI also canonized the French Canadian Andre Bessette (1845-1937), Stanislaw Soltys (1433-1489) from Poland, Juana Cipitria Barriola (1845-1912) of Spain, and two Italians, Giulia Salzano (1846-1929) and Camilla Battista Varano (1458-1524).
St. Peter's Square was literally a sea of people. We we in front of a group from Scotland, beaming because of the Scottish heritage of Mary Mackillop, and behind a group of Australians of Lebanese descent.
Proud Australian Flags!
This cross contains a relic of Mary Mackillop and was presented to the pope during the canonization. (It was at Caravita a couple of weeks earlier, pictured here with Sister Maria Casey, a member of Mackillop's religious order who was the procurator for Mary Macillop's cause for sainthood, and Tim Fischer, the Austalian Ambassador to the Holy See.
On Sunday we went to the Alban Hills, south east of Rome, for the 12th Castelli Romani Half Marathon. Vincenzo ran a 22 km course that began and ended in the town of Genzano, winding its way through the hill towns of Fontanaccio, Ariccia, Villimi, Albano, Castel Gondolfo and Le Piagge.
We arrived early so that Vincenzo could warm up in the streets of Genzano.
Here are the runners leaving the starting gate.
Vincenzo running around a corner
with just a few hundred meters to go.
A happy runner with medal and flowers at the finish line!
About 15 minutes from our apartment is an enormous shopping center called Euroma2. It is nearly 300 stores on three levels, with thousands of parking spaces.
Recently I was walking through the food court to get to an electronics store.(I needed vacuum cleaner bags.) It was not quite dinner time, so the food court was nearly empty. I took some pictures to give you a look at how Italians design food court outlets!
The golden arches of MacDonald's (above and below) are hardly visible!
About a dozen Italian coffee bars are scattered about in other parts of the mall. Here are a couple of them.