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Three hours in Rome, a photo diary [20140417|08:50]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I had three hours to walk around Rome on my return from Frascati to the UK. I decided to wing it, setting out from Roma Termini with no map and my phone off.

Apart from a lot of chaps trying in vain to sell me an umbrella to ward off a few measly drops of rain (I was wearing a coat with a hood), the first thing I found was a tunnel.

I decided not to venture down it, but instead to follow the lady with the red umbrella.

She went into a shop, so I realigned my Douglas-Adams-inspired navigational method to this nun.

This turned out to be entirely the right thing to do, as I ended up exactly where I needed to spend my remaining leisure time: The Forum.

The scale of The Forum is mind-boggling. I walked up and down and side to side across the space, pausing many times to look, and look again, at all the layers of history revealed. My knowledge of history is appallingly thin, but even without the depth of context, it gives the impression of a vast and powerful empire, which sank slowly into my stunned brain.

The seagulls seemed to think they owned the place.

The people-watching is pretty great, too.

A couple of colour images, just to break things up a bit...

You could buy fridge magnets from the tat merchant stalls with the SQPR inscription. They also had some wonderfully tacky ones of the Pope. I got one for the bloke, inscribed “Habemus Papam Francesco”. Those of you who know his real name will understand why I found this hysterical.

Ancient & modern superimposed.

Oh all right, seagull, you can be the focal point of this image.

Artfully strewn ruins. They did make me wonder if they’d been left where they were excavated or had been painstakingly placed to maximise aesthetic viewing pleasure.

Layers of domes.

The presidential palace.

I reluctantly turned my feet away from The Forum to see if I could find one more object of interest before returning to the train station. (Notice that despite spending two hours exploring The Forum thoroughly, I managed to miss the Colosseum. *slow clap for self*) But at least I managed to find the Trevi Fountain.

Finally, yours truly, about to depart for Fiumicino Aeroporto.
Week 12: In Rome

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[User Picture]From: soliano
2014-04-17 09:52 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-04-26 09:40 (UTC)
Thank you. I'd love to go back; the bloke and I are talking of having an Italian city-break holiday, perhaps when Humuhumu is a little older.
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[User Picture]From: soliano
2014-04-26 09:50 (UTC)
It is so cool to be so close to so much history and culture. Down here in Florida it is all relatively new and suburanized.
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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2014-04-17 13:32 (UTC)
Isn't that one of the fountains Bernini contributed to? My heart would melt. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-04-26 09:42 (UTC)
According to Wikipedia, this is indeed the case. It says there are "many Bernini touches" in the design, but doesn't specify where they are...
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-04-18 00:24 (UTC)
You've got to have at least some photos of Rome that are black and white! It's such a timeless city!

And you look beautiful as always!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-04-26 09:43 (UTC)
Heh, yes. The colour in most of those photos is distracting. Although I wavered over the photo of the chap in uniform, as his cap is a very pleasing shade of dark red.

Also, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-04-18 04:48 (UTC)
Amazing. :)

History here is interesting - there's a huge gap between the 180 or so years of European history here, and the unfathomably ancient and mainly lost Koorie culture.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-04-26 09:47 (UTC)
It's stunning. I would love to have the leisure in future to spend some time reading up about it before a longer visit. I did that before I went to Prague ten years ago (!) and it really enriched the four-day trip.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2014-04-18 12:44 (UTC)
I like the Pantheon - I believe it's the only complete Classical Pagan temple to have survived.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-04-26 09:47 (UTC)
That's an excellent fact; I shall remember it! Thank you.
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