Yes, I have been waiting awhile to break out that line. 😆 Last year when I was in Italy with Esther, we took a day trip to Venice. This year I decided to go to Rome. I wanted to go to Varenna and Lugano, Switzerland too, but as my friend Simona wisely pointed out, I’d have been trying to do too much in a short time. She was right because by the middle of the week I was starting to feel burned out. I also wouldn’t have been able to see all the cool things in Milan that I did this year. Rome was definitely an experience that I’d recommend to anyone, but I definitely prefer Venice and Milan. Either way, I managed to pack in a lot of sightseeing while I was there. A soldier did yell at me, which put a damper on the trip, but that incident aside I had a great time.
I’m posting a picture of the Spanish Steps again because for whatever reason (and I spent almost two hours last night trying to figure it out), my featured images never look sharp. I’ve tried exporting it at different dimensions, fiddling with the WordPress media settings, etc. and nothing works. If I post it anywhere else in the post it looks sharp, but if i use it as a featured image, it’s Blur City.
The architecture in Rome, and in Italy in general, is absolutely beautiful. This was just one corner of the street where I was standing. I took pictures of each corner, like everyone else who had come to visit Rome that day. 🙂 Walking the cobblestone streets, there was no shortage of things to see and photograph, although those cobblestones wreaked havoc on my poor feet and I had to wear my sneakers the next day when Simona and Davide surprised me with a trip to Lake Maggiore in Arona.
I don’t really drink, although I did enjoy a few mixed drinks with dinner on this trip, which I posted on my Instagram. I may have been willing to try a mixed drink with dinner or apertivo but I wasn’t going anywhere near absinthe. I’m not that adventurous. Haha. Funny story about this pic. I was crouched down to get this shot when a woman and her husband came around the corner. When they saw the sign, the woman crouched down a few feet away from me and took a picture of this sign, too. That’s the kind of scene where when I’m in street photographer mode (as opposed to dorky tourist mode, 😆 ) I would have snapped a picture right away.
Of course, my first stop was the Trevi Fountain. I walked there from the Roma Termini station. I think I read that there was a bus that goes near there, but I just have this aversion to public transportation unless 100% necessary. If I can walk somewhere, even if it’s a long walk, I’ll walk instead of taking the bus or train.
Seeing this in pictures didn’t even begin to prepare me for the wonder and beauty of seeing it in person. The closer we got to the Trevi Fountain, the more crowded the streets became until you’re literally shuffling along with the crowd. Seeing something this beautiful made all the shuffling worth it. I get very anxious in crowds but I try not to let my anxiety about crowds (among other things) stop me from experiencing things and I’m glad I saw this. I took quite a few shots of the Trevi Fountain but with the amount of people that were there, it was difficult to get a clear shot of the whole thing without the top of someone’s head being in the picture, or someone walking by. In a way, it was nice that there were so many people there.
I thought this was kind of cute. I would have bought it but I really wanted something I could actually use. There was a funny shop that was selling these meme type postcards with things in Rome but in the end I got a cute mug that I use almost every day.
As a naturally curly haired gal (who hates her curls because they never look right), I always admire beautiful curly hair on other women. I was totally busted with this shot, as judging by the smile of the woman in the back. They were both really nice. We talked for about a minute. They told me they were from Barbados, we made small talk for a minute or so (which I normally don’t like doing, making small talk I mean, but in this case it was nice) and then we went our separate ways.
It was about a minute after I took this picture of the women that the solider yelled at me. I accidentally took a picture of another soldier. In my defense, I wasn’t even trying to take his picture. He walked through my shot. He came in from behind and to the side of me. I was standing right in plain sight in the middle of the street (well it wasn’t a street since there weren’t any cars) so it wasn’t like I was behind a wall or something. Then another solider flips out and starts yelling at me in Italian, which pissed me off. I could see if I was being sneaky and deliberately trying to take the solider’s picture, but he came from behind me. I don’t speak Italian, so I had to say to the soldier that was yelling, “What?!” (Yes, I know I shouldn’t have had an attitude, but he was totally freaking out and I didn’t understand him). He keeps yelling “Erase! Erase!”, which I had no problem doing. I erased it right away but he still kept bitching in Italian to another soldier. Dude, calm the f down. Your boy walked through my shot. It’s not like I took his picture on purpose. The picture was erased. That should have ended the issue. I wouldn’t have minded being sternly told to erase the picture. It was the overreacting, yelling, and continued bitching even after everything was done. Damn, I can’t believe I’m still salty over that. I was actually on my way to Giolitti for some gelato so a sweet treat helped in calming me down. 😆 I wasn’t expecting the gelato to be so delicious but it was honestly the best gelato I have ever tasted.
As you can tell from my Instagram, I am very into food. I was on the hunt for cacio e pepe, which I heard is delicious because of its simplicity. I was going for just a picture of the people sitting on the stairs, but as happens a lot in street photography, you have to just go with the flow with people walking through your shots. The food, and pina colada, were very tasty but the cacio e pepe wasn’t anything to write home about. It was very tasty, but I was expecting something mind blowing with the way that people were going on about it.
Can you believe that this is made of sand? At first glance I thought it was a real dog, resting as his owner created some art. Then I realized that the “dog” was the art. That is some serious talent.
My feet were killing me because of all those cobblestones, but I wasn’t about to waste even one minute in Rome, so I ignored the stabbing pains in my feet and
walked limped around, trying to see everything I possibly could.
After some more wandering I found myself in Piazza Navona. I seriously cannot get over how beautiful it is in Italy. It’s a photographer’s paradise.
I just liked the contrast of the family sitting down, looking so serious, in comparison to the people behind them standing and looking so happy and animated. It was only when I was looking at these pictures on my computer that I noticed the look on the girl’s face. I have no idea whether that look was for me or if she just happened to look at me when she already had that look on her face, but it made me laugh really hard for a full minute.
I love this picture because of the people in the background on the balconies. I love the scene as a whole, but the two balconies right next to each other and people on each balcony, looking out at the piazza below just makes it for me. I definitely had a great time in Rome and I wish I had more time to spend in Italy because I would have stayed overnight and explored Rome at night. Thoroughly exhausted from the day’s activities, I slept for the entire 3 hour train ride back to Milan. I can never stay awake on buses and trains, but oddly enough I can never fall asleep on planes. Go figure. It was a blessing in disguise because I hadn’t been sleeping well since I got to Italy. It wasn’t even jet lag. I just was not tired.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures from Rome. Monday’s post will be from beautiful Lake Maggiore.