When Courtney and I went to Rome last spring, I decided to leave my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi behind in favor of traveling light. I don’t know what I was thinking. I typically carry a lot of baggage find myself prepared for anything. I so regretted not having a lens with decent zoom when it turned out that the hotel concierge was smitten with Courtney’s long blond hair and gave us his last two we found ourselves blessed to receive tickets to the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, led by Pope Benedict XVI. All that I had to photograph it was my Canon PowerShot SD700 IS.

My photos of the Pope sucked.


So did my photos of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Not only was my camera inadequate, but I was packed into the Sistine Chapel like a sardine in a can and I was trying to watch out for the pickpockets that the guide books promised would be there preying (as opposed to praying; hee hee, I made a funny).


But apparently one of my photos from Rome did not suck too bad (although I like these photos much better).


I was contacted by Schmap Guides and they asked if I would allow them to use my photo of the then-soon-to-be-opened Louis Vuitton store on Via Condotti. Here is the Schmap Rome Guide which contains my photo:

Schmaps did not offer me any money to use my photo, but like the geeky girl in high school who gets asked out by the captain of the football team, I gave it away for free just because I was flattered they’d noticed me.

8 comments on “Why Buy the Cow?”

  1. I’ve always wondered if the Pope could shoot lighting out of his staff. I’m not even sure what the technical term for his staff is but, I’m more interest in what powers it has. Did you hear anything about this while you were there? I just gotta know. 😉

  2. I think your pictures rock. And I bet the Captain of the football team would too! At any price.

    I am wondering why your blog has so many references to the Pope lately. 🙂

  3. Forget the camera, I am just jealous that you were in Rome!!! It is high on my list of dream destinations. That LV store is unbelievable–and that is a great photo. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Very nice photos!! Which just goes to show that sometimes, you don’t really need that $400 camera…If you’re at the right place at the right time, you’ll get the picture! Italy? *sigh*
    (please read this next part breathlessly…) “Gosh…i’m soooo glad you had a great time.”
    😀 debbie….living vicariously through other bloggers

  5. @Trish: Interesting point about the Pope. I didn’t think about it until you mentioned it. There must be a divine message of some sort in the recesses of my brain . . .

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