Roman Holiday... one of my favourite films starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, great film. Well I wasn't expecting quite so many Vespa's, comedy or indeed and Gregory Peck lookalikes!
But the hustle, bustle and energy of Rome... OH Yes!!
This is such a lovely city. J and I had our honeymoon there 21 years ago!! (My feeling old now!) and this years holiday destination requaest from little J was Rome, of course without E, as he was being all grown up and 18!
So the usual sites were to be seen, but not before lunch. So many gorgeous gelateria's serving sandwiches, coffee, etc and they were so friendly Ciao bella!! People were keen to know where we had travelled from,a nd gave us advice on where to go and what to see. Rome seen by the Romans.
Then off to the Collosuem - for anyone who has seen Gladiator (the movie with Russell Crowe not Ulrika Jonsonn!) we just had to do the "Are you not entertained?' bit standing on the edge of the arena!! What a phenominal place! Goosebumps, shivers and wide eyed wonder! I absolutley love it! Ooooh feeling all shivery again, it has such a power this place, can't really get that across in pictures.
There were many other views of this amazing feat of engineering - Nero was of course crazy but what a visionary of town design and architecture. Bonkers though!
Many many views of the city, but these are my favourite happy bits. Hope you like these images.
The sheer scale of the city is quite overwhelming, everything built so big and grand.
Of course we visited the Vatican City, Trastevere and whilst the weather was crazily hot - 38 degrees before lunch - it was an easy amble, and lots of delicious ice creams before we got to St Peter's square and the Vatican itself. Very busy, and needed to make sure my bare shoulders were covered before entering the building, but what a beautiful building, the decoration was breathtaking.
Lots more to see in Rome, on day two.
St. Peter's Square. The happy little designer in me saw patterns and shapes everywhere, in the flooring, walls etc where pattern was intended but also in the cobbles, how they fitted together and the brick work. Always looking for ideas! :o)
The food, weather, company and sights were all amazing in these first two days, I felt so happy: Little J thoroughly enjoying himself, loving the history, gruesome tales of Roman Gladiators, heroism, evil Emporers and Caesers, there is really something for everyone. He even met a real Roman soldier.....
Well, when in Rome!
It has been lovely spending time with J and little J, I did miss E but understand that at 18 you want to earn money and get ready for University, and he has a Roman trip of his own planned anyway. It was fantastic weather, accomodation brilliant,and the sights, smells and sounds were unbelievable. Now for Pompeii...
Part 3 soon.