For much of my life I have wanted to visit France. Whether it was the French name my mother gave me in the belief (recently found to be correct) that her real mother’s name was French, the travels of friends and family, my ever increasing interest in the food and culture or something completely unrelated, I don’t know. Finally I have the opportunity.
My daughter and her partner have been working the snow season in the French alps for a company called Snow Retreat at La Tania in an area known as The Three Valleys. I decided, initially, to fly into Paris and catch a train down to meet them at the end of their contract, and then spend a few weeks travelling through France. As I started to plan my trip, it became obvious that I would travel to Paris later in my journey, so I decided to start my 2 month odyssey in Italy. After all it’s a long journey from Australia and you never know when and if one might return.
I had planned to do a workshop with a photographer at some point in my trip and it seemed to me that as I would be alone in Italy, this was the best place to do it. After a great deal of research on the internet I decided to have a week with Patrick Nicholas of Camera Etrusca and a few days in Amalfi before catching a train to France. This left me with just one full day in Rome after over 24 hours of travel.
My Day in Rome
Initially I had planned to see all the big sites in Rome but in the end decided that, while it was possible, I'd probably kill myself doing it. I stayed in the Grand Hotel Del Gianicolo on top of Gianicolo Hill, one of the seven hills that Rome is built on and was up at dawn to see the early morning view from the lookout nearby. After a hearty breakfast I set off to walk to the Colosseum. Walking down the hill, through piazzas, along narrow cobbled streets and over the Tiber River, I discovered that there are roman, medieval and renaissance monuments, statues, functional buildings and ruins everywhere you look.
Someone said to me recently that Rome is a quarry. He was right - but, oh my, what a quarry. Rome did not disappoint. The Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, St Peters Square and so much more. I wandered in and out of back streets, returning to the hotel via a walk along the river bank. I had a coffee and a shower and decided that I was not going to miss seeing Trevi Fountain at night, so went out again. The day just flew. I finally fell into bed somewhat shattered and footsore at 11.30pm. I had a wonderful day just wandering and soaking up Rome. Here are just a few images from my day.
For Information hover your mouse over the image The ColosseumThe Colosseum. Around every bend there are old ruins, magnificent buildings and beautiful statues. Circo MassimoI walked past Circo Massimo, one of the many archeological sites in Rome still being excavated on my way to The Colosseum.. Interior of old Church, RomeAround every bend there are old ruins, magnificent buildings and beautiful statues The Pantheon, DomeThe roman built dome of the Pantheon remains the largest free standing dome in the world Tuscan Colonnade, St Peter's SquareTuscan Colonnade St Peter's Square, The Vatican, Italy Trevi FountainCrowds gather at Trevi Fountain in Rome.