Tuesday, 19 May 2009

R is for...


Roman

When I was in Rome a few years ago, I visited all the sights. I tried to anyway, but while looking for Trevi Fountain I ended up at the Spanish Steps. However, one thing I couldn't miss, of course, was the Roman. There's plenty of those in Rome. For some reason...

My colleague and I ate at a Roman restaurant. It was situated along the river Tiber in a more or less residential area (near the St Paolo Basilica). There wasn't an English menu and the food was proper Roman. No fancy pizzas. No Pizza Margarita or Napolitano. Just proper Roman pizzas. If you wanted a pizza prosciuto, you got a pizza base with prosciutto. Simple. And tasty.

Something else Roman is the amount of graffitti. Whether it's an ugly new building or a beautiful old antique, there seemed to be graffitti on everything. Such a shame. And the city didn't seem to think it a good idea to clean it up. At least not as far as I could see.

I've been to Rome three times now. The first time was the time I was able to see most. The second time all I saw was the Vatican and the third time, all I saw was the parking lot. But it is definitely a city I would love to visit properly. Spend a week in that beautiful city. Eat, drink and meet some Romans...

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12 comments:

  1. Now that is a terrific shot especially for the R day! Really cool! I love Italy although I didn't get to Rome. I do have lovely memories! Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. I would love to visit that city! There is so much history there! Too bad about the graffiti! Although, Grafitti does look very cool in pictures!

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  3. I'm just dying to go to Rome! This picture makes me want to hop on a train tomorrow!

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  4. That guy looks like a Roman from the past for sure...I love Rome but I didn't even think of it for R...great choice...

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  5. Rome is fascinating! The first time I was in Rome I was there with an other girl. We were both young and the Romans didn't leave us alone, so that was sometimes very annoying, because we were there to see something. Great choice for "R"

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  6. I LOVE THAT YOU SHARE YOUR TRAVELS WITH US!
    OK THIS MIGHT BE A NAUGHT QUESTION BUT IM CURIOUS
    THE KILTS WORN THEY SAY THE MEN DONT WEAR UNDERWEAR
    IS THIS THE SAME FOR THE ROMANS?
    HEE HEE

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  7. Interesting photo and great observations about Rome. I'd love to visit there someday. wish they'd clean up the grafiti you mentioned, though.

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  8. Perfectly wonderful looking Roman!
    A grand R!
    Sherry

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  9. Oooh, good 'R'!! That really is a shame about the graffiti, though. :( I actually didn't notice it when I was there. I have been to Rome only once, for just two days. It was part of a much longer Europe trip, but most of our trip was in Germany, and we just popped down to see a friend who was studying in Rome for the summer. There is so much to see there that it felt like we just ran around the whole time, trying to see all the sights. So I know just what you mean about wanting to have a proper visit to the city!

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  10. Ah, pizza in Rome, sometimes simpler is infinitely better than the complicate.

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  11. Wow, a real Roman! I mean a real ancient Roman. LOL!

    That's a great capture! You don't see many of those around here!

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