Monday, April 30, 2012

Rome is both beautiful and busy.

I'm awed by the architecture and colorfully-painted buildings. Every neighborhood in Rome has a quaint-looking church comparable to the plethora of mosques in Istanbul.

But I'm also overwhelmed by all the people, mainly tourists, and it's not even peak tourism season yet.

Rome, since it's our first visit, is a bit overpowering too. I'm lured by the desire to photograph every building, church, shuttered window and ancient ruin in sight. However, I want to savor our vacation together and simply experience the moment too.

Today, we toured the Vatican, which is a massive site, but too overcrowded to fully enjoy. Pictured is St. Peter's Basilica that's part of Vatican City.

I'm glad we did it; and afterwards, I was even happier to sit down far away from the maddening crowds, eat my spicy Italian salami panini and drink a cold beer in a quiet piazza. (Can you tell that I'm on another pork-eating binge?)

I'll be blogging from Italy for the rest of the week. Ciao!

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jaz@octoberfarm said...

wow....lucky you! i love rome. that city has had a major influence on my cooking throughout me life! the moment i saw the title of this post i thought, i bet joy is stuffing pork in her mouth! hahaha!!! i would do the same thing if i were you! have a great time and i can't wait to see more!

Joy said...

@Joyce, really is funny how much pork I eat when we travel! Loving it here!

Julia said...

Didn't realise you were going to Rome as well, Joy. Hope you didn't tell me and I forgot. Had a few drinks in Istanbul. :-) Sounds like you had a similar experience to us - chomping through pork that is.

Joy said...

Sorry, I don't think I mentioned it either. ;-) Loving all the pork and really good (cheap) Italian wine. It's our last big trip until Xmas in the U.S. again.

Enjoy your Italian adventures as well!

Sara Louise said...

I love Rome! I hope you have a fantastic time and savor every bit of pork you get to taste :)

Joy said...

@Sara Louise, thanks...definitely indulging in as much pork as possible! Must diet when we return to Istanbul!;-)