In Rome and the Sun in shining!!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
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Trip End Nov 01, 2005


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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Well, as i woke up with my back acheing from the crappy mattress, i peered out the window into the Roman sky and saw the sun shining in a cloudless sky. The pain immediatly went away and i was smiling with the thought of getting out there again.

Once out of our dodgy hostel we walked a different way towards the Piazza Della Republica. This was actually pretty cool. Was a huge semi circle building that looked scenic surrounding this huge intersection. Before we got there though there was all this oil on the road, and cars nearly were crashing into each other as they was slide horrizontal as soon as they hit the breaks. Saw a motorbike stack it and slide for about 50 metre's on the cobble stonned street. Fortunatly he was ok - bike a bit scratched up though :o( On this intersection / round about was Michaelangelo's church. The outside is nothing speccy at all as he designed it to fit in with the Roman Bath's behind it. Once in its quite amazing though. The entire floor and huge pillars had to be raised 2 metres due to the humidity of the aths - what a pain that would be - especially when its all marble. Church had a wedding inside it so we had to be qiuck. But was quite cool architecture with pretty cool carvings everywhere. From here we wondered aimlessly and wondered passed the Quirinale, which i didn't think much of as it was just a square with an Egyptian Oblisque. But moving on we found ourself wondering through some markets which had so many pictures of famous people all in black and white. I think thats Rome's thing, as every city seems to sell lots of something. Along little alleyways all these people selling their illegal stuff - haha the cops came blowing their whistle and within seconds they were all gone so quick... Then we found ourself staring at the Trevi Fountain a few blocks away. It was huge and so beautiful. So much detail in all of the figures - it was so packed so we had to keep our hands on our pockets - (watch out when you go here for pick pockets by the way). The sun was out, and turned the water a torquise blue - and the huge statue's in their stone white elegant stance. We both threw money over our shoulders into the fountain and made a wish - therefor as the legend will have it - everyone who does this will return to rome one day! (how can you not, honestly! its a great place). I hope my wish comes true also - i know it will as i'll make sure it comes true!!! We got a Gelati here in the square and it was quite nice! Everyone may call me boring but... GO VANILLA!!! haha, every gelati i had, i had 1 scoop of vanilla and 1 of something else. Standing there eating a gelati, on a sunny day staring at the Trevi Foundain in Rome - oh yeah! :o) However watch out for the evil guys with roses - wont leave you alone and try to put them in your pocket so you now have 'bought them'! haha - Time to move on though - was to packed here for my liking. From here we walked towards the Pantheon. This was built few hundred years B.C. and had the biggest dome in history untill the superdome in north america. They've only just figured out how they did it all those years ago. Was particulary cool though as it had a huge sphere in the top which is completely open so it rains in here. It has 22 holes in the ground for water to drain. Today was very sunny so i didn't like the chances of it happening thankgod! haha Outside was pretty scared and you could tell it had aged thousands! Inside was huge and had lots of integrated carvings. Romes first king's tomb was in here which you could look at. (Rome had Kings before it reigned an Empire).Also it had lots of empty sockets in its roof where the newly formed christian community ripped out all the statues of Pagan Gods - this occured a fair bit in history unfortunatly. On a better note everyone was amused by this bird flying around in circles trying to get out the hole in the top but couldnt quite reach it everytime he gave its all :oP - why i decided to take a movie of this i dunno! haha

Ah so buggered, feet a little sore - time for.... A PIZZA! So a short walk from here we were at the Piaza Navona (fountain oblisque of the 4 major rivers in the world and their gods). Was the best fountain i've ever seen - very impressive! It had egyptian hyrogliphs all over the oblisk again. (The reason why there is so many Egyptian Hyrogliphs all over oblisks and so forth is because Julias Ceaser had an Affair with Cleopatra the Egyptian Queen), therefor the interest in egypt thoughout Rome. they all seem pretty popular with the pidgeons though !haha. Stumbled up on tthe castle of Angelo, which was pretty huge so we didn't wanna go through it all - they're will be plenty of castles to come im sure. Pretty speccy from the view of the bridge of the statues leading up to this huge round castle. We really wanted to see the Piaza Del Poppola - so we walked along the river towards it. As we were walking i heart this raw of an engind behind us, just as i turn my head a Ferarri F40 roars passed with its engine peaing! OHHH YEAH! (sorry had to add that in! haha). The piazza was beautiful and had the biggest oblisk yet - once again decorated with Egyptian hyrogliphs. Was a nice little church amoungst this piazza which we went into where raphael paintings in the chapel - very interesting. From this we walked back down this street to the spanish steps. And honestly - i was not impressed really at all. Its definatly not what its portraid to be. Had millions of people all over it - no decoration and bloody renovations of the church behind. So maybe early in morning would be best? eh! Found ourselves via Corso - the main street of modern Rome. Oh my was it packed with people. Italians here are really obsessed with their clothing i must say. All wearing their expensive clothes, with their expensive sun glasses and about a tone of gell in their hair. haha - well me being a feral backpacker had to have a laugh.

Wondering the streets once again ending up at the Colleseum this time by accident - which was good actually as it was sunset, and i was able to get a really nice picture of it with its true red and orange colours shining through this time. Now it shuts at 6pm so we STILL couldnt get in... grrr! im determined to get in - will try the day before we leave again as time to head to Naples and Pompeii tomorrow :o) I'm really looking forward to this - all though we have no idea how to get there, so i guess we'll have to suss that one out tonight! haha...

Well bed time, as right now when i'm writing this diary entry its very late and i'm laying on my uncomfortable hostel mattress with a torch in my mouth so i dont wake anyone up while i write this entry.

Goodnight,
Clint
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