Last evening stroll in Ancient Rome!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2012

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 5 - evening

This time, I was prepared! I was warmly dressed and ready to hit the road as they say!  We left the hotel past 5:30pm and headed towards the Colosseum.  I wanted to see it at dusk and observe the sky go from a light blue color into a deeper one and this just before turning completely dark.  Was I being too fussy with my pictures!

We were there a good hour before the sunset.  At the beginning, I passed the time by taking several shots of myself jumping all around the place with the Colosseum in the background!  Michel did it as well!   We probably looked like two silly old fools but I surely didn't cared!

While waiting for my sunset to appear, we were hassle by street vendors who looked like a bunch of illegal immigrants from other countries!   They desperately tried selling us all sort of souvenirs, junk in other words, in which just to make them disappear, I bought a few for a couple of US dollars.  Afterwards, it was just a matter of telling the other ones that I had already bought something!  Good thinking, right!

On came the lights around the Colosseum while daylight gradually disappeared!  I took several shots of the Colosseum under various lights settings which made me quite happy.  Since Michel wanted to move on, after all we’ve been here for more than an hour now we pursued our route towards the Piazza Venezia square, just a fifteen minute walk from where we were. 

Here, the light was just as I would have wished for it to be at the Colosseum.  The sky was a beautiful deep blue color making the white marble building absolutely stunning under the sky.  I now wished that I hadn’t listened to Michel and stayed longer at the Colosseum just to take pictures of it under this kind of light.  It was too late now because soon after and within a matter of minutes, it was pitched dark! 

A stop was made at a McDonalds restaurant, this one being close to the Trevi Fountain and no, it wasn’t the same one where we ate a couple of days ago.  We enjoyed our meal and then proceeded to head towards the Trevi Fountain without any help of the tourist map.   We definitely knew our way around well enough and enjoyed being part of the city life. 

As usual, the streets were very crowded but hey, we were just two more people walking along the sidewalks on this pleasant evening night under a sky full of stars.  I could understand why Rome was a romantic city and the streets, so crowded with people!

More pictures were taken at the Trevi Fountain before continuing on with our evening stroll by heading deeper inside this maze of narrow alleys.  This time, we were heading west towards the Tiber River but not before seeing the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona Square.  Having seen these places during the day, I was happy to see them at night with all of their lights on. 

Five minutes later, we were at the Tiber River where stunning views of the Vatican were seen all over again as well as the many, many bridges.  Nothing had changed since we’d been here a couple of nights ago when we first arrived but this evening, it was a more relaxed stroll where we felt part of the scenery as if we’d lived here for always! 

It was 9:30pm when we made it safe and sound back at the hotel without having even been mugged!  Ha, ha, ha.

It was a pleasant way of ending the evening because tomorrow morning we were leaving Rome and starting our tour around Italy!

Monique   :-)

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