Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Randomly roaming in Rome

A few random snaps of one of our Roman walkabouts.

All roads (and stairs) lead to ummmm..... here.

The church of  San Pietro in Vincoli where we saw another magnificent Michelangelo statue.
Now why - do you ask - does Moses have a pair of horns sticking out of his head?
Well due to an unfortunate medieval mis-translation of ancient Hebrew text, Moses is depicted with satyrs horns instead of a halo in many works of art.

Rather calamitous for Moses

Me watching the guy watching hubby taking my photo and eyeing my bag that hubby insisted on holding but then put on the ground.  While hubby's attention was diverted the other guy slowly moved closer and closer to my bag.

I dashed forward and grabbed it before the other guy did.

Poor hubby was too trusting, but soon learned.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Helping the Cangianos

A quick break from our normal program to bring your attention to the new widget on the right of your screen.

Fellow blogger and damn fine woman, Jessica Cangiano from Chronically Vintage, lost everything in a recent house fire.
Jessica and her husband Tony made it out with only the clothes they were wearing, their phones, a bag containing their wallets, their dog Annie and their car.  Their cat Stella perished in the fire.
Absolutely everything they owned, including a lifetime of memories, Jessica's extensive vintage clothes and accessories collection and all her stock from her Esty shop, were lost.
Jessica also suffers from chronic illness and all her medical gear was lost as well.
Kind friends set up a donation site which has already reached its goal.  However if you are able to help out in any way or even pop in with some good wishes they will greatly appreciate any assistance and kind words.

Thank you and now back to our regular program........................

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Pantheon

Ancient yet ageless

Michelangelo is said to have described it as the work of angels not humans.

We drank coffee in the shadow of greatness.

And did a spot of people watching
(and spied a lovely Italian nonna doing the same thing - 3rd building from the left, 4th window down)

I wonder what she was thinking?

We left the heat and crowd and entered the cool interior 

and found more crowds.

But oddly it was still 

And incredibly peaceful

 The Pantheon, Rome - July 2015

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

La Fontana di Trevi or how to avoid being hit in the head by a flying euro.

Built between 1732 and 1762, the Trevi Fountain is the largest baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous in the world.
Like the Spanish steps, the Trevi has appeared in several films, including La Dolce Vita and Three Coins In A Fountain.

Which is a nice segue into the whole coin tossing phenomena.

There is a legend that says if you stand with your back to the fountain and throw a coin over your right shoulder with your left hand into the fountain, then you will return to Rome.  I'm sure this was started from the 1950's movie mentioned above, because I can't find any literature to say how long the tradition has been going for.

We didn't try it (there was a huge perspex wall around the fountain due to major restoration work going on at the time.  But we WILL return to Rome anyway - coin or no coin).

I would have loved to linger longer and look at the beautiful artwork, but it was rather dangerous with crowds of people, all with their backs to the perspex wall, flinging euros over their shoulder trying to aim over the wall.
I pitied the workmen in the fountain.

I apologise now for the poor quality of the photos.

 That's a little better.
I held the camera above the wall and took some pot luck shots.
And a coin missed me by that much!

I was telling my fountain story to a friend who went to Rome in December and she had the opposite experience.
The fountain was finished and open and the Spanish Steps were blocked off for restoration work.
Go figure.

The restoration work was completed in November 2015 and the fountain is back to it's beautiful working state.
Ready for my next visit.

Fontana de Trevi, Rome - July 2015