We wanted to catch Rome at its best and have the benefit of the morning light and thus we set out to start our expedition early. By 7:15 am we had finished breakfast and checked out from the hotel Moonhouses #1.4”, #2.3 and I. We were on an important mission this warm summer morning in Rome. We were setting out on an expedition to the Colosseum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the third to be explored by a Moonhouse Expedition. From the hotel close to Rome Termini, the central station in Rome, it was supposedly a 25 minute walk to the Colosseum and Forum Romanum.
The path of the most successful expedition is, as any seasoned explorer knows, never the simplest, or even the suggested. Exploring is all about making unexpected choices and going where no house has gone before and the best place for a house is not necessarily what is considered when a path is suggested to you as an explorer. So, instead of taking the main road this expedition ventured down the back streets of a down town Italian capital busy readying itself to welcome the world to another day in its long history. Every turn in the road or exit from the main road was assumed to lead to hidden treasure in the form of unexpected and exotic settings to explorer with the Moonhouses.
At one place along the trail the expedition chose to divert the path through an ancient tunnel thought the (what should be trademarked) Roman combination of reinvented ruins and explored along the way. Among the settings explored were the overgrowth on old an old building where the Moonhouse made itself well at home on the grapevine as it were.
Amidst the exploring of the roman milieus suddenly the expedition found itself on a little hill right next to and overlooking the objective of this expedition, the Colosseum. Removed from the visitors from the four corners of the world milled around the landmark building below, the expedition was free to explore the relation to the Colosseum on the hill.
At a first glance the Colosseum and the Moonhouse may not appear to have much in common but there are connections, of course when you look for them. Both are designed to stand out their surroundings and to make a mark in people’s minds. Red houses with white corners have housed generations of swedes and still do while the Colosseum was once designed to house the Romans for a bit of fun and games. The Colosseum is not exceedingly dramatically coloured as is the Moonhouse but it does have a distinct Moon colour.
The connections may be academic but the pictures in the Roman early morning are unconditionally beautiful and dramatic as are the pictures from the following expedition leg to the Forum Romanum. After Forum Romanum the expedition added a leg to the monument over Vittorio Emanuele II, the king that united Italy at the turn of the previous century.
This expedition marks another accomplishement in the challenge to bring the Moonhouse Expedition to the seven wonders of the world and earns Emil Vinterhav a place in the Moonhouse Explorers Hall of Fame.