- Big city: I came to Rome the first time from a small city of maybe 500,000 people. It seemed huge and sooo busy. Coming from Amman, it seems quite sedate and orderly, teehee.
- Sistine Chapel: before restoration and this time was much better. You could see the colors Michelangelo put on the ceiling in something like their original glory.
- Similarities to Amman: In so many ways (the good ones) it reminded me of Amman. There are no skyscrapers (hello, GAM are you listening? Abdali developers can you hear me?). It’s a city of beautiful architecture and low buildings with sense, style, and glamour. It’s a city of intrinsic and unique beauty. This is how I see Amman (with the notable exceptions of the blights on the landscape that are Jordan Gate and the Abdali project).
- Sense of history and sense of itself: Rome is a city that knows where it began and who it is today. Inhabitants of Rome are proud to live there. That’s my hope for Amman, that it will find itself.
I have to say that the first time I visited I really didn’t like Rome so much. This time I loved Rome. Rome is a lovely city and a great vacation destination.
Now to the pictures. I’ll start with that most rare of things, the picture of El 3atal (second from the right) and MommaBean (far left) and our friends who were visiting with us…
Now, on to the lovely scenes out and about in Rome… Here’s a shot of the Colosseum. The group (except me) universally was disappointed with the shape it’s in. I think the movie Gladiator has much to answer for. People expect to see the awesome structure that Maximus sees and instead are greeted by an earthquake-ravaged, theft-damaged shadow of its formal self… But, it is still beautiful from a distance…
Here’s a shot in the Roman Forum of the Arch of Titus (maybe). Anyway, pretty shot I thought.
Finally, my last picture is entitled Floating Crowns. Again I grabbed this for the Beans hoping they would enjoy the eagles with their magical floating crowns. After all, we all need a little magic in our lives, don’t we?
If you get the opportunity, I’d definitely recommend Rome as a vacation destination. The weather is lovely, the town is beautiful, the people are friendly and the food… please don’t remind me of the food!