Part 10 – The Boy Visits the Sweet Factory
The title for the Amsterdam Trip was “The Kid in the Sweet Shop” as that is what it felt like, but visiting Rome was like visiting the Sweet Factory. I have been waiting to reach this point in the series as I enjoyed it so much, and it is all down to the kind invitation of Baz & Mrs Baz, and the great hospitality that they gave to Irene and I.
I have made several posts of my trip to Rome, but this will be a great opportunity to post more shots from the trip as I still have so many that I have never published. Even after this post I will still have so many so I think during the winter months when there will be many times when I am unable to get out that I will be able to revisit Rome to remember the heat and experience, and also look forward to the lovely weather of next summer and hopefully a return to Rome.
On our first full day in Rome all four of us went into the centre of the City. What an experience. Coming off the Metro onto the the Piazza di Spagna, where the thermometer on a pharmacy shop in the shade was showing 39C, was a WOW!
There is nothing better than seeing something for the first time. That initial moment stays with you forever. Using the Metro to get into the centre, you don’t see any build up, and emerge into it, as if being transported. First appearances are so indicative of the whole feel you have for a place. Arriving in Rome in bright, hot sunlight, the world looked beautiful. There was a lot of activity, with so many people taking photos and lots of smiles and laughter.
We had a great first day with Baz leading us around some of his usual hunting grounds, which included a brief glance at the Pantheon which we would return to for some excellent shots. The same with the Colosseum, where we caught the Metro back.
The number of people waiting to go in The Colosseum, or just looking at it, and also just hanging out was amazing. A quick check of the camera settings, and we were in there. We wandered amongst all the people. What struck me was the sheer volume of people, of all different nationalities. There were so many people posing for shots that it would have been rude of us not to take them.
Wandering along the Via dei Fori Imperiali which is the wide road that leads between The Colosseum to the Piazza Venezia is also packed with people. On Sunday the road is closed to traffic but people still seem to keep to the pavement. To the side of the pavement it is boarded off as the C line of the Metro is under construction. Along the length of the hoarding are hawkers, before you reach the end where people fill the benches and also sit along the low walls as this girl on the left is. There are also pavement artists and other performers.
Further along there is an area to the right where there are sunken areas of ruins. Alongside this Baz and I had a sit down under some trees to watch everyone. This is where I got this shot of this beautiful young photographer.
Also we both got a few shots of this young couple.
Just walking through the streets gave excellent opportunities not just where all the historic sites were, which is where everyone heads for. So many people are passing by, or just meandering through the streets. I found that you needed to have your camera slightly raised as the opportunities presented themselves so quickly, and were gone even faster.
The shot below is a good example of that. Although I am not complaining. I was about to shoot it when a girl walked right between me and the subjects I was about to shoot. I clicked and it turned out an excellent shot, but this shot was my intention.
I had said to Baz prior to arriving that I wanted a shot of a Priest and a Nun, and if possible the Pope. However we never went to Vatican City as there was so much else to see, but I did manage to get a shot of a Priest and a Nun, although not together.
I was really surprised how few we saw. Although we didn’t visit Vatican City I still thought we would have seen plenty in the Centre of Rome.
I’ve decided to split this post as it is so long and I don’t want to bore you, and a certain man in Rome is nagging me to finish it. So I’ll leave you with this shot and continue in the next post.
Just remember when in Rome look out for these coming round any corner at you!