Cataraqui Reflections

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rome In All Its Glory

Buongiorno from Rome Italy.

I landed in Frankfurt Germany on the morning of 06 September all right, but the flight was late in leaving Toronto so I missed my connecting flight to Rome and had to wait for another flight. Although that put me back about 2 hours, I was about to take a train to Rome when a mini bus driver corralled me and convinced me to use his service as he could deliver me to the door. Although more expensive than the train, I gladly accepted for the chance to see Rome from a moving vehicle and to take some pictures.
This is the only picture I took at Frankfurt airport where I caught the plane for Rome. Not very exciting I know, but just to let you know I was there.
I took several pictures of the mountains that I flew over enroute, but they did not turn out well so I deleted them. The next bunch of pictures I took during the drive to my inn. Several passengers were dropped off and I took some pictures, beginning with a picture of the bus driver, Moreno.
I was the last passenger to get on the bus, so I got the front seat.
We were driving into Rome and were driving alongside a huge ancient brick wall that was at least 40 feet high. I commented on it and Moreno stated that it was the wall surrounding Vatican City. The picture I took is of some statues shown atop this wall. It has stood the test of time very well. The men of the sculpture are very well endowed (!).
There were no prudes in Rome, that's for sure. :)
Some passengers were dropped by the Spanish steps, a famous landmark area in Rome.
The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The Scalinata is the widest staircase in Europe.

The monumental stairway of 135 steps was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. People, mostly tourists, just go there and hang out. Okay. Information courtesy of Wikipedia.

Along the drive, I took some pictures of some classic baroque architecture.
Expansive curves and curly cues were the norm during the baroque period.

Then I spotted the MacDonalds sign. I labelled this picture WTF?
Tourists - if you go to Italy, why would you want to eat there??? Just my opinion of course.
Finally, about 7pm, Moreno dropped me off at my B&B, the Independence Square Inn. These are pictures of my room, not fancy but just what I needed - a place to drop my stuff. I love it.
The window was screen-less and I loved the view.
That's my entry for my first day. Tomorrow I take a bus tour of the city and will hit all the places for which Rome if famous.

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