Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Walking in Rome

I have to say, this is the most amazing city to walk around. We got lost this afternoon ... well, not really, we just headed off in a direction to see what we can find.

Throughout the city there are ruins to be found, even if just part of an old building's rooftop. Visitors are constantly accompanied by the old city walls, eroded by years of mother nature's lashings, held together my modern steel strips, now part of the hustle and bustle of the city - gateways for trams, cars and pedestrians.

There is a constant buzz in the city, almost like the locals have somewhere to go in a hurry, but for no apparent reason. The people in the streets walk at a much faster pace than required, followed by an air of importance. 

The coffee shops are not as busy as we anticipated, and also not as over priced as per the advice given before our trip. Don't expect too much smiles from the locals - but sit and enjoy that coffee and don't be in a hurry to leave; they really don't mind, it just looks that way.

One thing to be weary of are the elderly in Rome. They do tend to get frustrated and irritated quickly. Solution : say something in Afrikaans, smile and wave.

Finally, all roads do not lead to Rome, but rather to the Colosseum in Rome, or so we found.

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