Rome is old, it's big and was like that both today and back then.
Maybe I need to actually see Rome? I've always wanted to see a walled city too... I think I need to go to Europe.
To see these places the first thing I need is a passport.
I went on line, the State Department web site had all the information I needed.
I went down to the post office with my certified birth certificate, a filled out application, my drivers license, my retired military ID and a hand full of US dollars.
It's $110 for the Passport book, the $25 fee for the people taking the papers & the $15 for the color photo ("chin down a little and a natural expression").
I used cash so I needed another $1.25 for a postal money order (the State Department wanted a check).
That part really didn't take too long, they said 4-6 weeks before the passport shows up. The process can be a lot faster for additional fees....
4 weeks and 2 days later my passport showed up in a Priority Mail envelope.
I have a passport, it's almost like I'm growing up!