Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rome: Saturday Snippets

We're taking it a bit easy today, and while Ed was relaxing back at our hotel, I went for a walk. It reminded me that there were a few snippets that I'd been saving for a blog post closer to when we left.

Our hotel had some very good qualities: For once, it had a bed that we could sleep in together, as opposed to two twin-sized beds; it had free WiFi; and our room in particular came with its own private courtyard, which we didn't use because whenever we were back in time to use it, it was too chilly (mostly early in the day or at night). It was a rather pretty little courtyard, though.

From Rome & Vatican City (December 2014)

The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful, and the hotel was only about half a mile away from a metro stop. The only downsides were the size of the shower, neither of which we could fit in - to the extent that we could neither of us move our arms without opening the shower doors. The metro, too, was not so great. There are two main lines that serve the city, and they always seemed to be extremely crowded; there seemed to be a problem with everyone trying to board the train before other passengers disembarked, and one was constantly jostled. Trains ran every 10 minutes at best and were heavily gratified. At one point I got trapped in the train doors.

From Rome & Vatican City (December 2014)

I was noticing the different style of street signs around town, many (perhaps even most) of which were part of the building structures themselves. This is the street on which our hotel was located, but I noticed a difference between this style and the style of signs one would normally find in Ireland.

From Rome & Vatican City (December 2014)

We happened to be close to two Irish pubs, one of which (Druid's Den) was only down the street from us. The Fiddler's Elbow Irish bar, though, is more representational of the shape of Irish signs (plus, the sign included Irish Gaelic).

From Rome & Vatican City (December 2014)

One of the nicest things I've seen around Rome, though, are these: It's difficult to see, but this is a portrait of the Virgin Mary. We encountered quite a few of these, or similar to these, around Rome. I don't think Mary is the patron saint of Rome, but she does have a special place in Catholicism, so it's not especially surprising that there are these plaques around the city. They come in many different styles and sizes. This one was on a street corner at Via Paolina, across the street from the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

From Rome & Vatican City (December 2014)

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