Post by kerouac2 on Jun 9, 2019 19:42:25 GMT
I used to go to Rome regularly because my airline flew between Paris and Rome and I paid absolutely nothing for the tickets. But I would just wander around the standard places and fly back the next day (because our schedules were not convenient). Certainly a stupid thing to do, but one of those things you do "because I can." Actually, my first trip to Rome was in 1971 when I was still a tadpole, and back then I really covered the city and saw all sorts of places. I am rather amazed at how intrepid I was, because I went to all sorts of places which seemed impossibly complicated this time -- so I saw some other things instead, and that is good. The Rome metro turned out to be very useful, which is surprising, since there are only two lines, but they do go to quite a few of the main tourist sites.
So this will be different from my Paris reports, where I purposely avoid most of the tourist places to give the rest of you a chance to cover them. In Rome I plunged headlong into most of the clichés because I hadn't been to Rome in more than 20 years and I needed to see what everybody else goes to see. There's nothing wrong with that, is there?
One good thing was having been invited by one of the Anyport icons to stay at her accommodations. We'll probably be hearing from her sooner or later. She was staying right in the shadow of Saint Peter's, which is pretty incredible. However, one quickly learns that it is not the most convenient area for "the other stuff" just like naive Paris visitors often want to stay near the Eiffel Tower and then discover that it is near the edge of the city and not next to the other things. My hostess was not naive but just didn't have many options when it was time to book a place to stay, and frankly the place was not bad at all and the walk to and from the metro was interesting rather than boring.
I took just one photo upon arriving, because I was just a lost boy waiting to be found, so here is the Piazza del Risorginmento, just outside the walls of the Vatican. You won't see this in the guidebooks.
However, once things were settled and baggage was stashed away, it was time to visit the city. Castel Sant'Angelo was very close.
As much as I admire the building, I have never felt the need to go inside. Today was no different.
The statues on the nearby bridges are very ornate.
Oh, we're not even there yet. I was just playing with my zoom.
I was glad that the Tiber was looking normal. I have seen it in the past when it was almost dry.
It got to the point over the next few days when it seemed that every single statue in the city had a bird assigned to it.
Leaving the area of the Castel Sant'Angelo, I wasn't sure where to go, but did it matter? Rome is fascinating everywhere.
Green shady squares were a godsend for sitting and puzzling over the weird GPS indications. I wish I had had a paper map instead. I know how to use them.