I was debating on what to call this post: “Rome’ing”, “Rome is where the heart is”, “Tomes of Rome”, “E.T. Phone Rome”. No. So “Roaming in Rome” is the only one I didn’t face-palm myself for, so it sticks.
Anyhooooo, I’d like to say that I’m staggering my Italian photo posts as not to oversaturate my blog with too many vacation pictures. I’d like to say that, but the truth is that my second career as a professional ‘crastinator is a demanding one and I just couldn’t find the time….; ) In any case, here are some photos from our recent trip to Italy, specifically (drumroll) ROME.
We (Justyna and I) spent 3 days here which just wasn’t enough. We should’ve known, but didn’t. There’s just TOO much to see. Neither of us had been there before, so we didn’t quite realize that it is pretty much the world’s biggest outdoor museum, even more so than Paris.
Wedged between our other destinations, Tivoli and Cinque Terre, Rome was incredibly ornate, historical, civilized, and bustling. I feel like I’m writing everything obvious that everyone in history has commented about the Italian capital, but it’s all true. The history, architecture, cobblestone streets, religion, mystery – All there. Justyna and I commented several times on “how long it must have taken to build that!?” and “no one takes the time to carve marble anymore”, and “why can’t all the men dress this good back in Ottawa?” – Well the last one was Justyna, but worth noting – Avoiding one of the many downpours that speckled our visit, we ducked into a cafe where all the 15 or so men in their 30’s – 60’s were impeccably dressed like something you’d see outside a Milan Fashion Week show venue. Though I did have a camera, I just couldn’t bring myself to interrupt the smoking, espressos, and hand gestures to ask for a group photo – Something I will (and am) improving on. The women’s fashion on the other hand was far from classy (generally) as it appears that most girls receive a bedazzler for their 16th birthday and keep using it throughout their adult years. Not judging, just sayin’…
Fashion was just one of the many aspects of the city but the the main things that stood out for us was the grandeur of it all. The craftsmanship. The history. Coming from Ottawa, the oldest building we have is probably circa 1820. There, 1820 might as well be brand new. I was standing in a building there that was over 2000 years old. Unfathomable from North American standards.
The only unfortunate thing (beyond our blistered feet after day one – seriously – don’t go there thinking you’re gonna be all fancy with your brogues or pumps – your feet will hate you) was the caliber of restaurants we ate at. Even with recommendations via popular websites, we still had a real (sorta)hit and (big)miss experiences with the eating. Most of the places cater, not surprisingly, to tourists, so getting a good meal, for a good price, is a challenge. Or at least it was for us.
So all in all, an unforgettable time. If you haven’t been and are planning to go, please do take our advice and wear comfortable shoes. It will make the 10-15km you walk each day so much more enjoyable.
More to come, including Cinque Terre and Florence…I’ll make sure my ‘other job’ is less demanding this month. 🙂
Note about the photos below: I really can’t remember the names of any of these places besides, of course, the Colosseum. The 4th photo down is of chairs being set up for an outdoor mass at the Vatican.