Lights Eternal - Mark Iandolo

The lights of the Eternal City illuminate the bridges along the Tiber River and the ever-resplendent St. Peter’s Basilica.

I love this spot because you can get different compositions and views of the Vatican, Ponte Sant’Angelo itself and Castel Sant’Angelo as the sun sets and the twilight colors arrive. This was my last night of good photography in Europe – but what a night it was!

Song of the Moment: “Long as I Can See the Light” – Creedance Clearwater Revival

Quote I’m Pondering: “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” – Marcus Aurelius, former emperor of Rome

I find this quote intriguing when looking at this image because it is both true and untrue. By traveling, you see this passage of time so well. In Paris, you see the Eiffel Tower, and behind it you see modern skyscrapers. In Prague, you see a Kentucky Fried Chicken in a centuries-old building. America is so new to world history, but some of these European cities have seen so much. People, buildings, things, memories have been swept away over the millennia.

But what’s interesting is how some things actually don’t wash away. They stand the test of time. St. Peter’s Basilica is as resplendent as it was in the 1600s. The Colosseum, though partially in ruins, has lasted 2,000 years. When you spend an evening standing on the Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome, you think about things like this. Some things come and go, some things are eternal.

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