Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sunday Scribblings: A Rome Walk

or "Are you sure we turn here?"

There's something exciting about not quite knowing where you're going. For the sake of this prompt, I'm talking about walks, but it could apply to life in general. This prompt has also given me the opportunity to revisit my trip to Rome taken almost exactly one year ago.


It's not that I don't know where I'm going, it's just that I'm not quite sure how to get there.

I'd spent months prior to our trip armed with a multitude of maps and guides and had a pretty good mental map of central Rome. Or so I thought. Funny how places aren't quite the same when you actually get there.

We were leaving Castel Sant'Angelo where we'd spent the last two hours combing the dark and slightly creepy stone corridors and surveying the expanse of Rome from the parapets.



It was nearing twilight and we wanted to see the Trevi Fountain before searching out a place for dinner. So, out we head into darkening Rome.



I'm positive we need to go over the bridge and head left and forward (I'm not good about the North-South thing, so my directions are relative to the last place I happen to be). It's a pedestrian bridge and is lined on either side by statues of angels.



At the other end, we turn left and start walking. But it gets more deserted and darker. We decide to head down a busier looking side street, still going in the same general direction.

Now, the thing about Rome – and most old world – streets is that they don't run in straight lines or even in a logical grid as we're accustomed to in North America. Streets in Rome are what we might consider alleyways or back lanes. We take a couple more streets in the same direction. That's when, A says, "Are you sure we turn here?" You see, he never looks at a map and assumes I know where I'm going. I experience a momentary jolt of panic before I think, how bad could it be? We're wandering the streets of Rome with thousands of other people doing exactly the same thing. It seems everyone walks in Rome – locals and tourists alike. I decide to relax, smile and keep walking.



We weave our way in and out of piazzas, past shops, and restaurants opening for the dinner crowd. Eventually, we hear the sound of voices, rushing water and a glow of lights around a nearby corner.

We turn and there it is – the Trevi Fountain.

Trevi Fountain

See? I knew where I was going all the time.


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18 comments:

Rob Kistner said...

How gorgeous... what an inspiring walk! ;)vanzb

Karen Travels said...

Thank you for sharing this walk!!

Preethi said...

Thank you for sharing this.. what a walk.. lovely pictures! and I know what you mean.. I love to go where my feet take me.. they know where they are going..

Joy said...

I've walked all those same places in Rome and want to do it again. I'm glad you're there enjoying it all so much and for taking me with you. Wonderful photos. Ciao!

donny @ rambleville.com said...

Lovely pictures, Ell! I'm going to Rome for sure!

I first learnt about the Trevi fountain in a forum quiz run by Gem in The Fallout Shelter a couple of months back. We formed into 4 teams (I think) of 3, and Gem would post this list of questions, and everyone would rush all over the Internet trying to find the answers to these cleverly phrased and constructed questions.

Sofia, Peder and I won. Naturally. :)

turtle said...

thanks for sharing this walk.
thanks for the comment on my blog. sorry for what's happening in my blog, all settings are the same as to comment but when blogs are shown, in some blogs there is no place to comment...

Robin said...

It's been many years since I've been in Rome, but your photos just brought it all back. In my family thought it's my husband who's consulted all the maps and knows just where to go - I'd get lost crossing the street!

I wrote about a trip to Italy for this prompt too.

Awareness said...

lovely, lovely photos! I LOVE the bridge pic......oh and the trevi fountain.

There's nothing like having open ended time to ramble through a city like Rome. It does feel like you start off aimless, but then realize your walk is somehow guided by some kind of destiny.

It has been years since I walked along those same streets. Seeing these photos and reading your words took me back to that memory.

Thank you.

gautami tripathy said...

Very beautiful. One great walk..


gautami

paisley said...

awesome photos and narrative...

ell said...

Thank you, all.

I really enjoyed writing for this prompt. It was wonderful going back through my old travel photos and re-living part of our trip.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I can really relate to that post! It happens to me quite often. Lovely to see the photos of Rome too

tickledpink.nicole said...

My wanderlust meter just went through the roof! I could stay lost in your photos for hours. Thank you for sharing.

Junebugg said...

Some of the best times that I've ever had were when I was lost. Although I don't consider myself lost as long as there's gas in the car, I have money in my pocket and no one trys to mug me.

Wonderful pictures

Patois said...

Brilliant photos and lovely description of your walk. I never doubted that you knew where you were going.

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful sights! The shortest way to a special spot is not always the best...:)

Odie said...

Great photos and adventure! Don't you just love it when you end up where you started out to go, and just take the scenic route to get there.

Simply Coll said...

Amazing photos. How wonderful to have actually walked the walk.