Roma

12.03.2013

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I spent three days in Rome. I took on the city with full force, trying to see everything I could by foot. I found myself walking for miles, stopping for an occasional panino, gelato or any excuse I could find to eat again. Walking down a new street each time, back and forth like a maze. I did't want to miss a thing, mentally taking notes as my eyes scanned every detail. Noting the smells, the way the air feels, the way the people speak, the style of clothes they wear, the plants that grow, the color palette, the way the light falls. It's hard not to fall in love.

My sense of direction is typically spot on but I got lost in Rome. The way it should be. I had dreamt of visiting Italy for ages. Ask anyone who knows me well, I was positive that I would find myself there. The food, the culture, the way of life, one that in theory I felt resonated with me. Like all travels you have moments of clarity and true magic, other moments of exhaustion and hunger, small things that turn difficult. I fucked up on the train a couple times, cursing myself in my head. I finally got it right towards the end of my trip. I had fancy meals that were outdated and incredible simple home cooked ones. Quality found in the most modest of places. Rome I do love you, I cant wait to get back to explore more.

27 comments:

  1. Italy is absolutely amazing, every region has it's own charm and I really enjoyed photos from your 'Italian' photos, beautiful!!

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  2. Wonderful photos, Rome is my favourite Italian city, I've been several times & enjoy & love it more each time. Hope it's not too long til you get to go back :)

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  3. beautiful pictures! i've been to rome a few times, so many corners i'm probably missing though. great pictures!

    http://www.beccawaterloo.blogspot.com

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  4. I´ve been in Rome recently as well is such a beautiful city,
    you have so great pictures!

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  5. What wonderful photos! I was in Italy many years ago as a 16-year-old. Such an adventure! It was a school trip, no parents, just a couple of teachers who allowed us to break off into pairs or small groups and explore. We went to discos, ate gelato (long before it was fashionable here), and were continually amazed at all the history. We visited Rome, Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii, Florence, Assisi, Perugia. I would love to return to Italy. It's amazing. So glad you went!

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  6. There is no place quite like Italy. I spent last summer in Tuscany with Da Vinci Wines touring, tasting and photographing all over Tuscany. A few summers before that I spent time in Florence and Rome. I'm fairly certain my heart belongs there. My husband has never had the chance to go and I'm hoping to change that for him this coming year. You can't describe the magic there. People have to experience it for themselves...

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  7. Rome is such an enchanting city! You truly captured the magic beautifully. Glad you enjoyed it, too :)

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  8. I miss Rome so bad.... Beautiful pictures!

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  9. Rome is the most beautiful city in the world, but I think it should be hard to live there. I'm happy you enjoyed your stay and you liked the italian way. Hope you will come back soon and please do visit sicily :-)
    cheers
    laura

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  10. beautiful pictures of Rome. I am Italian and I am always impressed by all the positive comments about this/my country. I wish I could find something positive, too as living here is so exhausting and challenging. I wonder what attracts foreigners in my country. If I knew it maybe I living here would be more bearable

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  11. Such beauty, I felt the same way about Rome, I would wander get lost and then turn a corner and realize I had passed the same magical street a few minutes before!

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  12. Beautiful pics. Love Roma. I have almost the same style of pic of the Colosseum as that.

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  13. Beautiful photos! It makes me miss Rome terribly!

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  14. these are gorgeous! you really captured Rome well. Makes me want to hop on the next plane out. :) I can't wait to visit there someday. <3

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  15. I loved following along your visit on Instagram and love the collection posted here. I too felt very much "at home" in that beautiful city, the essence of which you captured beautifully.

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  16. I love these photos, the colors are really popping it reminds me of my time studying abroad in Europe

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  17. i adore the shot of the man on the scooter - so roma - i love it! it's been ages since i was in rome and i would love to take my husband. just thinking about walking around for hours, grabbing a panino before moving on to the next stop, then sitting down for dinner in a family owned restaurant for the best spaghetti i'll ever have and a glass of the house wine - sound so perfect right now.

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  18. Nicole, these shots are absolutely marvelous! When I was in the UK a couple months ago, my friends and I were planning on visiting one of our friends living in Rome; unfortunately, that fell through. I'm so glad you posted these gorgeous photos-- it simply encourages me to make going to Rome, and the rest of Italy, a mission!

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  19. love the photo with the bicycle, LOVE IT!

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  20. I will never tire of looking at photographs of Rome, especially ones as perfect as these.

    www.sillymedley.blogspot.com

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  21. Beautiful post... as if I am there.

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  22. Love the photos! I like how you capture the small details that make up a huge city such as Rome.

    charactersandcarryons.wordpress.com

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  23. La Torontoise12/10/13, 9:19 AM

    Nicole, love this photo-collage of Rome! I've been reading your blog for an year now, but only now write. Is a pleasure.

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  24. Awesome pics!!! amazing blog!!!

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  25. We’ve been to Rome and greet the old masters of Capitoline. The city that nurtured the art of Michelangelo. We booked the Cheapest Hotels in Rome by the help of my friend who worked in a travel agency. He is a big help!

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  26. Italy is absolutely gorgeous ! *Love* it all as the messages, the pictures and the quality of the writing. Thanks !

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