Monday, September 02, 2013

Random Rome


I spied this courtyard filled with antique statues on my way to Santa Susanna. It would have been lovely to take Venus or one of the busts home with me to adorn my ho-hum garden. How many interesting conversations it would have started! But I console myself that I didn't have to pay extra for excess baggage.


These two turbaned gentlemen in orange robes sit here all day in perfect balance across from the Pantheon. One man holds the stick on which the second sits in mid air. Total concentration and control are needed to maintain this stance. Most importantly, how can they keep cool in the scorching summer heat? They must be thinking about winter!


Yes, it's a pedal car but not for a child. I wonder if all the knock off bags and scarves hanging from the rack will be packed away in the back of this motorized tricycle? A smart car indeed!


A piece of wall, a reminder of Rome's storied past, preserved in the center of the city and just down the street from Santa Maria Maggiore. In Rome, the past is in the present.


"To have and to hold." Its always touching to see a newly married couple. There go the bride and groom through the main door of the Basilica of St. Peter's. The bridal gown is caught in a mirror of light. How absolutely stunning!


There was a large turnout for Rome's Gay Pride 2013 parade along Via Merulana.


As we ran to the top of the Spanish Steps, we had a glimpse of this unforgettable sunset framed by a Roman obelisk (which was moved to this spot in 1789 from the Palace of Sallust).

"Rome - the city with a visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in a funeral procession, with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar". George Eliot 

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Images by Charie


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