Eric Goes To Rome

Eric didn’t have a very easy time in Rome. He wasn’t accepted as readily as he has been in other places. He wasn’t allowed to visit the Vatican, they said he would be seen as offensive! However, he did see some of Rome and some pictures were obtained.

Becka and I

One of the gang, joining in our walk around Rome on the first day.

Pizza

Trying the local food, he was a very hungry tontuu!

Shawls

He hid under our shawls when we went into The Vatican and again in the Sistine Chapel.

Colosseum

 

The colosseum was Eric’s favourite, what a monument to explore.

Colosseum 2

 

Finally, on our last day, Eric made a friend. They are going to be penpals now, her name is Erica and she is from Sweden.

Erica

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Rome – Day 2

Day 2 was set aside for The Vatican, I was looking forward to this the most. After fighting our way through a mob of people trying to sell us tours we joined a 40 minute queue around the perimeter of St Peters Square to enter The Basilica.

St Peters 3

St Peters 2

St Peters 1

Even our queuing route was grand!

Corridor

Lamp

For me, the inside certainly didn’t disappoint. The ceilings were spectacular, so ornate. Everything was decorated with finery you just couldn’t imagine. I couldn’t comprehend worshipping within the walls as everything was too distracting.

There is gold everywhere you look and statues everywhere. It still doesn’t feel over crowded as it covers a vast space.

Unicorn

Dragon statue

cherubs

lion

monument

Maria

Praying

Stained glass

This next one isn’t quite in focus, I wasn’t allowed a tripod and the light wasn’t great. However, I wanted to show you all how creepy this guy is!

Scary man

After viewing all of the inside and the vaults (which you are not allowed to photograph), we decided to walk the 549 steps to the top of the cupola. It is one of those things you must do in life.

Half way

cupola 2

Cupola

Mosaic 2

mosaic

After climbing the second half, in a maxi dress, with a shawl around me, a camera bag and the camera, at a slant! I caught my breath, and tried to stop sweating, to be greeted with rather a spectacular view.

The View

View

Rome – Day 1

I haven’t posted in a very long time. However, I recently went on a trip to Rome and seized my chance at getting into my photography again. I was there for 4 days and will post 4 times to split it up, as there are a lot.

I went with my friend Becka and there was not an inch of Rome that we didn’t explore. On arrival we were given a map, similar to the one below and we decided to split our days accordingly.

Tuesday:

  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Del Popola
  • Roma Parco
  • Bioparco Di Roma

Wednesday:

  • The Vatican
  • St Peters Square and Basilica
  • The Vatican Museums
  • The Sistine Chapel

Thursday:

  • Colosseum
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Gladiator Training Ground

Friday:

  • Trevvi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Maria Margorie

rome-map

We were based just outside of Maria Maggorie, so was only a short walk from most things. However it was 34 degrees and we did get very hot and bothered. First we visited The Spanish Steps, they are called this as the Spanish Embassy is located here. It consists of a church, bell tower, steps and a fountain.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps 2

When we were sitting at the fountain, a butterfly landed on Becka’s phone and my camera. It wasn’t bothered by us at all.

butterfly

Round the corner from the steps was another monument, not on the map but still very interesting. There are a lot of obelisks in Rome, Cleopatra must have had a lot of influence.

Praying man

scribe

From here we walked along towards the Piazza Del Popola. Along the way we were passing shops that we could only dream of going into. Tucked away in a recess I found this man and thought him fascinating.

fountain

We made it to the Piazza, this houses the famous statue of Romulus and Remus. Romulus being the founder of Rome.

Romulus

Romulus 2

Romulus 3

In the middle of the Piazza there is another obelisk and it is surrounded by 4 Lions, all of which are fountains.

Lion

Behind the Piazza are some steps into the park, this is the highest point in Rome apart from The Cupola of The Vatican. Even the steps are mounted with sphinxes.

Sphinx

The view from the top was quite spectacular, my first look at The Vatican.

The vatican

We then went and explored the largest park in Rome, there was Segways for hire as well as go carts, places to eat, a boating lake, a fountain to dip your feet in, a Roman theater as well as the Roman version of The Globe we chose to visit the Zoo. I am not usually one for Zoo’s but Becka loves them. This zoo was open air and the fences and enclosures were quite low and were not intrusive in anyway which put me at ease.

We were greeted by these little fellows, much to Becka’s delight.

Guinea pigs

Guinea pig

We made a discovery whilst in this zoo, the squawk of Kevin from Up is that of a peacock. This particular peacock loved his photo being taken and couldn’t get closer to me if he tried.

Peacock

I saw many animals, here are a few of my favourite photos.

Monkey 2

Monkey 1

Bears

Camel 1 Camel 2 Elephant

There was also a reptile house, I really enjoyed this part, minus the cockroaches.

Aligator

snake

An absolutely packed and amazing first day.