March 16, 2006

soaked in history

Rome, in all of my one day wandering around it, was truly impressive. It was a dismal day - pouring down rain. It wasn't long before I was soaked despite all my layers and coats - the street vendors who consistently walked up to me with an umbrella and said "5 euros" seemed baffled by my not buying one. As an EastCoastSouthern boy who scoffs at how a little shower sends LA into a tailspin (SuperDoppler7000 Stormwatch 2006!), I wasn't going to let a little rain foil my day.

Rome is alive with ancient history everywhere you look - layer upon layer upon layer - all in one place. Ruins and monuments are everywhere. And I can't impress how huge and vast they are - unlike anything I've ever seen. These are no puny monuments like in Washington DC, these are truly massive. It boggles the mind how they were created centuries ago. What I love, too, is how alive the sites are - busy streets of traffic and commerce run right amongst them, and regularly you run across a site of ruins that is an active archeological dig. They're still discovering.

I must have looked like some sad wet dog based on the looks I seemed to be getting (though the streets were still packed with tourists and residents - with umbrellas). I circled the Colosseo (which was closed) and walked in the very spot chariots raced in Circo Massimo, accidentally stumbled onto the Trevi fountain and wandered through the Pantheon. I really enjoyed sopping up the history and wondering what things must have been like in this very spot ages ago.


Scorzafava said...

everyday when i get to VDG i think to myself - where is jon today and what's he gonna show me?

thanks for taking me on your adventure - if only in spirit.


Unknown said...

I said it in an earlier post too, but having the blog has really made thr trip fun for me. It makes me see things a little bit outside myself, and I really enjoy the fact that I'm able to share what I'm doing and seeing and thinking - especially when wandering alone. So thanks for coming along! And next time, come with me!! Also, the blog didnt start with the trip, so it wont end with it either...

langolier said...

Hey Jon,

Who do you know in Qatar?! One of your today site views was from there.

No $1 plastic poncho?

Check my email. See you later.


XK9 said...

Hey Jon.

Thanks for the pictures and stories. I got to visit Rome in the Winter of '92 when I traveled there with my friend Flavio. It was a whirlwind. We saw many of the sites at 40MPH. One thing I remember was that the Colliseum was slightly less than colossal. Still impressive and beautiful, but smaller than I had expected. Enjoy what's left of your Roman holiday.


Unknown said...

Bill makes a great point - everyones experiences are different, just as all our perceptions are different - and thats a good thing. So just because I didn't have a good experience with somewhere I went, don't assume it would be the same for you. (except maybe Der Tannenbaum and the Domus Aurea!)