As I write, I am sitting in front of Vatican City. It is sunny and a perfect temperature today. The clouds in the photographs I have been posting don't seem real. They don't seem real in real life life either. Brilliance and contrast compete for attention as the cloud is framed in a handful of white. The sun fills portions, while the rain hangs black and ready in another.
Rome is packed with people, the tourist industry here must be in the billions of dollars. Stores, which look like they are doing are doing very well line the streets. Today there is 30 to 70 percent discount at the Ferrari store! “Saldi” is posted in every store window and the stores are overflowing with people. Bags and bags are being carried by hundreds.
Rome really is a beautiful city. Where else can you see sites from the year 390 to 2014, all while sitting on a double-decker bus? The buildings are incredible; laced with ornament and character, they are solid and covered with demons and angels; and they stand, imposing. They grace the streets and fill me with spacial relationship issues! (..just what I need - more issues!) The architect of each has outdone the other and collectively they present a city like no other.
The portion of the city in which I am staying doesn't lend itself to sunset photography, which is a shame, for me, as it would be nice to play with the colours against the buildings; the view isn’t wide enough, and we all know I long for the country anyhow... I am two blocks from the train station which presents two extremes. Beauty and amazing buildings are a feast for eyes while at the same time, the smell of urine fills the air. Well dressed travellers and playwrights as beggars share the same space. Tonight, a woman with no fingers yelled at me for the amount of money I gave to her. I said it was all I had; she kept yelling. I walked away. What's a person to do? It's not just this neighbourhood though, it's all through Rome and the other larger cities. At the same time, I feel completely safe here and plan to stay at this B&B (La Casa di Amy) the next time I am in Rome.
I have become very intimate with the room in which I am staying. It is small enough to be an extension of my right arm but large enough to allow me to spread out maps and diagrams. The women who clean the rooms each day are delightful; kind, and they try so hard to communicate with me. The owners of the B&B are very friendly and talk with me each day.
I am looking forward to Brittany arriving on Sunday. For a start, we will be back in the country and secondly, we will have so much fun!