Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rome - 2 Days Of Rome, Italy


Travelling has always been one of the biggest missions in my life, but constantly bogged down by family, love and career dramas, sadly, nothing really materialized. Such is life, isn’t it? Of course. Undeniably. It’s all about the money honey power, money does spin the world around, you utmostly need money to see the world, whether the near or far out places. Basically, you need dollar and cents for travel conquering. You do. I vouch. My money story is not something totally peculiar neither weird. Perhaps, I’m guessing, may have been or is still your story, whereby to build a platform for the basics in life, we have to kick ass push and move ourselves. We have to anyway. No two way street about it. Otherwise, we might as well beg, borrow or steal. Not something I am encouraging though. Having said that, it’s been a roller coaster ride for me too. Money for a permanent roof on my head, money for monthly cost of living and money for securing my credentials for landing myself in a job I was passionate about. Let’s not forget that providing for our kids education is part and parcel of being a parent, additionally, for us Indians, we have to support our aged parents, and sometimes we can’t run away from money helping our siblings. All of these, sincerely, took a toll on my money finance, until none was left for travelling. Pheeewww!!

Money tide however did change on my ground eventually. Maybe for the last 5 years and so? My other half-half and I worked really hard, worse than dogs, for our future, which in return brought travelling money saving. Off to Italy. My first ever, out of my country holiday. Mind you, I have not even stepped into Singapore, neither did I have the chance to exploring my own country Malaysia. So, can you imagine how happy I must have been? Italy! Akin a splendid power kicking rocket flying, eagerly and clumsily I packed. All I can remember is I just packed, thank god we did the direct flight to arrive and clear out from “Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport. By 10.00am, while wind was blowing strongly. Chilled me up and down, luckily I had a thick scarf with me. Right on, from this moment, we embarked on our Rome sightseeing.

VATICAN CITY
Goose bumps as I walked into Vatican City. Literally. Don’t ask why and what not, I actually sensed god’s presence, albeit I am not the holiest grain. Somehow, honestly, god did move me. In a way, maybe, god was trying to tell that I should be grateful for being in Vatican City so that he can shine more blessings on me.

Blessings also came in the form of the former Pope, who was holding audience when we were at Vatican City. I was, seriously, speechless, wish I had a chance to seeing him closer, but with the hurricane of people who have swarmed in? I guess I had to be contented seeing Pope on the screen by also simultaneously taking a 360 degree turnaround for the far and near broadest angle of Vatican City. World's smallest state, funded and managed by donations, where Peter the apostle, the first Pope was crucified and buried. Vatican City, designed by Michelangelo is so spic and span, absolutely holiness of god through my eyes and lens. An hour well god conquered and centered in Vatican City.   

THE COLOSSEUM
Colosseum. The largest Roman Empire amphitheatre in the world. Holy-oh-my-jolly! Utterly shattering stunning. Rustic hollow, huge brick structure and “Arch of Constantine”, at 25m height, built in AD315 to mark the victory of Constantine over Maxentius at Pon Milvius on October 312, arch akin automatically waved, calling us to walk closer to Colosseum.
Our equally stunning attractive Italian lady guide was already awaiting us, unsure I am if the men paid attention to her briefing us on the legendary Colosseum, but one thing was absolutely certain. They were more interested in slyly drooling at her beauty. She, I think she noticed, nevertheless, she continued speaking by mentioning that Colosseum’s hollowness is due to stripping of its precious marble, travertine and metals for churches and private palaces. Whatever, Colosseum is still a riot of meaningfulness and prettiness. To believe me, you must do it, or you will really agree if you have seen Colosseum. Our tour guide said bye, prior to greeting another tour group. We on the other hand stood in the long queue for making our way into Colosseum, where we spent two concrete solid hours to view every nooks and corners of this major attraction in Rome, and where gladiators wrestle wild beasts while at least 50,000 spectators at one go watched. Colosseum is still clearly still on my memory till this day. I doubt if I can ever erase it permanently from my memory. That an impact Colosseum has!  




TREVI FOUNTAIN
As we detoured out of Colosseum, I made sure I peeped out of the moving coach for capturing some shots on Castel Sant’Angelo, which over time has been connected to St. Peter’s Basilica. I also I think I didn’t miss seeing the other prides of Rome while we were coach driven to Trevi Fountain.

A must do when in Rome, Trevi Fountain was massive madness when we made our way in via the long narrow walkway. People just wouldn’t give a chance for the rest to get up, close and personal with Trevi Fountain. They had to constantly crowd so close to Trevi Fountain. I guess then you either stand far and look at Trevi Fountain or push yourself in for at least, quickly picturing. Take a look at my picture and I bet you can comprehend. More to seeing Trevi Fountain, which by far will take only less than 10 minutes or so, simultaneously for throwing coins in and hoping that the coins will bounce back as major big dollars for bringing you back again to Trevi. The other, not really something I am highly recommending, but possibly akin an unofficial norm. Get an Italian Gelato from any of the cafe or restaurants, and slurp into it while you are still standing around at Trevi Fountain, or on your way in or out. Ours came from Trevi CafĂ©. We paid of course. Italian Gelato, I tell you, oh-goodness, super creamy, super smooth and super lip smacking albeit it did shiver us during this summer.
SPANISH STEPS
Basically, steps. 135 steps exactly. Steps where people sit, stand, climb up to get down at the other side or vice-versa. Our 20 minutes in Spanish Steps was nothing more than picturing and looking at the surrounding. Nothing much to see actually, just a rather small square, yet regarded as a symbol for drawing aplenty tourists. Spanish Steps officially drew the curtain for our this first day in Rome. Dinner next, prior to checking into the hotel, while keeping our fingers crossed to another fulfilling day in Rome.   
Day 2
PISA
Approximately almost an hour plus from the hotel, thereafter, I think an hour more for the internal bus journey ride, we arrived in Pisa in the carnival like atmosphere. Aplenty stalls from the start till the whole stretch, on both sides, till you walk into the huge compound. First and foremost, like every other excited local and foreign tourist, we couldn’t take our eyes off from the sensationally spoken about, all over the world, Leaning Tower Of Pisa. Indeed, its the central core attraction, Leaning Tower Of Pisa is one of the great icons of Europe, constructed over 177 years and with 294-step spiral staircase leading to the bell chamber. Leaning Tower Of Pisa, unquestionably, let me repeat myself again, is the epitome. We didn’t do the climbing of the steps, we like the rest of tourists did of course pictured, but some over did it by trying to hold Leaning Tower Of Pisa from leaning slanting any further. Fun no doubt, yet comical and irritating as well. Duh!

  
Once we had enough of Leaning Tower Of Pisa, we then started analyzing the two churches. Baptistery of St. John and Cathedral of Pisa. Both definitely coming with its back then sets of history, Baptistery of St. John, the largest baptistery in Italy, at almost 55 meters high, is touted slightly higher in comparison to Learning Tower. We however didn’t have any intention, for reasons I can’t nail, to see the interior of Baptistery of St.John. Instead we purchased tickets for Cathedral of Pisa. Restored during the 19th Century, inside Cathedral of Pisa, you will see a meaningful positive vibes of god alter, and also the Gothic style masterworks of medieval sculptures by Giovanni Pisano. Upper part of gothic depicting scenes from the New Testament, taking you all the way to the Annunciation of the Crucifixion, whereas wall art pieces are also another sight to behold. 



Spending our late morning till early evening in this, I am calling as town of Learning Tower Of Pisa, lunch included as well, our lunch took place at one of the restaurants within the same ground. What else can food be in Italy, tell me please, but creamy pasta and chunks of meat, followed by extremely sweet killing dessert, thank god for coffee please. Our day out in Rome permanently shut down, we were done in Rome officially. Awaiting us next -  Florence, we will be seeing tomorrow.  
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19 comments:

  1. wowwwwwwwwwww..Ms.Nava..the place looks so peaceful..I want to live there..wow I am stunned..thank you for sharing this to us Ms.Nava ;)

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  2. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. My hubby and I like to go to more country places than inner city and I know we would enjoy this place. Your picture do convey the tranquility of it all. Thanks for sharing your stop in to Lake Como and have a great day!

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  3. I was there in Lugano for a short trip over the alps from Baden
    where i was having a training.

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  4. Won't miss anything, when ever we come.

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  5. Hi Nava, I went to Italy last year but did not visit Lake Como. The place look so beautiful. TQ 4 d pictures. Have a pleasant time in Italy...look forward to more pictures and info. :o)

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  6. I have really loved your Italy posts--I was really close to Lake Como last year and can't believe I didn't go!

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  7. This is just amazing!
    My friend was supposed to get married here this year but they changed their mind. This is what we missed!
    Thanks for sharing this.

    http://theclosettravelblogger.blogspot.com/

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  8. This is a beautiful place. Nice photos.

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  9. Stunning! When I lived in Italy it was one place I didn't get to that I regret. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I went to Lake Como too few years ago when I visited Milan. The place is so serene & I'd a great time there. Thks for sharing these pix with me, bringing back old memories......

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  11. I hope to visit Milan someday. It looks so gorgeous :)

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  12. Thank you everyone for all the sharing and comments. Oh yes, it was an amazing place but nothing much we did here except the photo shots and walking around.

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  13. Stunning and lovely place to visit and of course for parting shot this is one of the nice place to snap and snap photos.

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  14. What a life! Thank you for sharing so I can feel as if I was there too. Gorgeous!

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  15. yes, lake como is a must visit if u're in milan..can't wait your entry about lugano..

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  16. great view. but i bet it's too cold for swimming?

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