These photos are from the first leg of our honeymoon, Rome. We were there for 5 days, staying in an apartment (with four levels and outside terrace!) in Trastevere, and areas south of the river, which was sleepy and quiet during the day, but a going out area at night. It was completely overrun with young Americans, who presumably were there to learn Italian, but didn’t make any sort of attempt to actually speak it, not even saying the things of stuff on menus. Weird! Anyway, our street was off the main bits and nice and quiet.
It was so hot! High 30s at least. We did loads of walking about though (it was a more walkable city than I expected), visiting all the main sites and just enjoying the streets, having ice cream and food. I won’t bore you with the details, but email me if you ever need tips for things to do!
The one thing that was weird about Rome though was that it really didn’t have the atmosphere of other capital cities. In fact, it didn’t really feel like a real city much at all. It’s obviously so pretty, and has got so much fantastic stuff to look at, but it just seemed to be all tourists and the American students and I couldn’t see where the people that lived there and did normal things were. Well, obviously people worked in the ministries and shops, but I can only assume that the students and young people and parents are conducting their social lives in the suburbs and never enter the centre. Even in other really touristy places, like certain parts of Paris (or indeed Edinburgh), it’s usually possible to find the bars and restaurants and general hanging out places where there’s a balance between visitors and locals without too much trouble. Which isn’t to say I didn’t like Rome, I loved it to visit, but unlike Paris and Barcelona and Amsterdam and Berlin, I really couldn’t picture myself living there.
If you’re so inclined, all the Rome photos can be found on my flick stream.