Where am I going? (Part 10)

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.

Beautiful on a Bicycle
Beautiful on a Bicycle

Boy it's hot!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.

Sitting in the BackstreetOn 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.

Reflecting The Piazza
Reflecting The Piazza

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 Pentax Carrier
The Pentax Carrier

BeautyWe had two other days in the Centre and we alighted at the Colosseum Metro Station. What a place to emerge. As you look out from the station the imposing Colosseum is right in front of you.

The number of people waiting to go in The Colosseum, or just looking at it, and also just hanging out was amazing. Sun Speckled FaceA 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.
Concentration

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.

Sony Photographer
Sony Photographer

Also we both got a few shots of this young couple.

The Romantic City
The Romantic City

Snoggin' in the ShadowsJust 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.

Talking in the Street
Talking in the Street

Stepping DownThe Bearded PriestI 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.

The Nun with a Fan
The Nun with a Fan

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!

On the Aprilla
On the Aprilla

5 thoughts on “Where am I going? (Part 10)

  1. What a bunch of beautiful girls, Wayne ! I am not so romantic but my favorite shot is the couple in romantic city.
    And the couple on the aprilla is excellent too, with the girl driving and their smiles. Great !

  2. Lovely set of shots Wayne and brings back happy memories, it’s strange how you can be walking together and see very different things and that’s the joy of street photography. I like the “talking in the streets” shot, and also “on the Aprilla” I think they are all good but these two are great, and as usual the writting is super, looking forward to the next part, well done mate.

  3. Thank you both so much. The Aprilla was one of those lucky shots. By that I mean it was lucky I didn’t get run over!

    I agree Baz, it is amazing how many different shots we got and yet we were in the same places. I also like the ones where we have both taken the same subject but have different shots due to the POV or the editing. I’ll come back to that in a later post when I’ve finished this reflection.

  4. You have quite a few posts where I like all the pictures so much that I can’t decide on a favorite and this is one of them. If I absolutely, life depended on, it had to choose, I’d choose “The Romantic City”. It’s so sharp, close up and you can see the emotion on the man’s face as he kisses his lady. Very nice.

    You, Baz and Esther have all been churning out such amazing photos every time that you post, either on your blogs or Flickr, that it’s really encouraging me to be more critical of my own photos. I can’t wait to read part 2 of this post.

    • I like that Tina, when you can’t decide as I have to face that dilemma so often. That is the case of “The Romantic City”. I have several shots of the couple, and had to decide which to use.

      Tina you can include your shots in that, and I would say in particular the B&W ones, which I really really like, as you know.

      Gotta go now to get Part 2 finished. I’ll look out for some pretty girls for Esther!

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