Monday, April 25, 2011

Italy-first impressions

So I am sick.since I came to London in jan 2010 I have never been sick. So much like me to fall sick on the first day of our 10 day trip to Italy. Anyways

Gorgeous.that's the right word. I am down and out with fever and am coughing like an old woman but I am intrigued and amazed by the beauty of Rome.

Every turn you take in the older parts of the city and you come across something that atleast looks very historic and important. There are painters and musicians. Desi/Bangladeshi men selling silly toys you would consider outdated for our local melas, Italians ones playing musical instruments or singing. Artists sit on the side of the road and with a cigarette tucked between their lips spend hours painting.

The pebbled streets, the cafes, the food, the music , the art, the beauty...

It is a must visit for all the history enthusiasts!

I know what the critics say about Rome. It's dirty, unsafe and third world-ish. I agree. I crinkled up my very London nose as I surveyed the Rome metro. Sid added that Delhi metro has to be ten times better. We felt very superior but then there is the spirit of the city. The sheer beauty and history.

We had lunch at a cafe right opposite the pantheon today . Pony tailed men sang, pigeons strutted around, old aunties with dogs with red bows smoked cigarettes and drank wine. Life seemed so lazy and relaxed. That is probably what Rome is. Too beautiful to be bothered by harsh things, too steeped in history to be affected adversely by the modernity that surrounds it and too free spirited to be bound....that for me sums up the spirit of Rome.

7 comments:

Pratz said...

third sentence: seems u have a typo :P

btw.. i agree.. rome is beautiful no matter what critics say

Bikramjit said...

YEah my cousin too went to rome a few weeks ago and she has summed up the visit jsut as you , its dirty and bad but it has its own beautiy and buildings and all...

Will go there one day myself :)

hope you are fine now

Bikram's

Dee said...

Well to me it sounds really interesting- a visit to Rome! So wow! Tht is cool! Any pix u cud share?

cloud nine said...

Awaiting some cool pics:)

Shekhar said...

The scary thing here is it sounds all a bit too much like Kolkata; you don't see the beauty beyond the dirt unless you're looking for it. :P

Smita said...

But where are the snaps?? In Italy enjoying ur time but not posting any pictures :-(

Take care & have a fun time :)

A said...

Italy is very similar to India in many respects. Post some pictures...