Slim Paley photo……………………………….Rome
Sorry, No “Friday Favourites” this week. Instead, Warm Greetings from Rome!
I so don’t wish to over-romanticise this beautiful city, but our guide’s name is HEATHCLIFF. I’m NOT joking…and yes, he is Italian! It’s really quite something to enter a city via a road first built in 312 BC (The Via Appia antica) but don’t worry- I’m not turning today’s post into a history lesson, not the least of reasons being that if I retain even a fraction of all the information Heathcliff has imparted to us the last few days it will be a miracle. Instead, I’ll share what I have learned in Rome;
I) Don’t pack for a long trip with the assumption that you will be purchasing some things to wear because, like, you know, you are going to be in Cannes and Rome. Murphy’s Law states you’ll only find great things if you have viciously overpacked. If, on the other hand, you have brought eight belts, no sweaters, and wildly inappropriate black heels, you won’t find anything.
What I somehow pictured finding…the outfit and the weather
Chanel Cruise 2011
But speaking of wildly inappropriate, I did manage to find the most disturbing child mannequins ever;
Slim Paley Photo…………a shop that will go unnamed in Rome, but come on- Really??!
I happily await Slim Reader’s comments!
II) Don’t also assume, just because you are traveling in the latter part of May that the weather is sure to be good. As I agonized over packing my bags for these two weeks in Europe, never did I visualize myself sprinting through the streets of Rome during a massive thunder and lightening storm while debating whether to abandon my silver cross necklace and underwire bra in a darkened doorway.
A storm brews over the streets of Rome before things get biblical and the skies crack.
III) Do though, count on holiday rain days coinciding with getting up early to straighten your hair in a pathetic attempt to look more Italian, even though you’ve stayed up ’til all hours of the night (morning) drinking wine…in another pathetic attempt to look more Italian.
Slim Paley Photo………..Just couldn’t resist. “The Sartorialist Lite” perhaps?
IV) Rome definitely has Paris beat in the “Sorry- this was built when???” Dept., but I’m afraid I have to go with Paris on the food. I realize this might not be received well, however, Anticapesa on via Garibaldi is great, and has a fun atmosphere and a very attractive clientele.
V) It doesn’t matter how well you casually twist a scarf or how big your sunglasses are, you still …don’t look Italian.
VI) Italian gardens are GORGEOUS. If you find yourself in Italy in Spring or Summer, even if you aren’t really the “gardening type”, please take a few hours and visit at least one of the famous gardens here- they are spectacular.
Slim Paley photo …………………Coming upon the most ethereal Pegasus in a woody glade at Bomarzo , Italy
VII) Cobblestones and heels are Satan’s Work. And brown wedges go with everything anyway, don’t they? Well…they do now.
VIII) Usually when I visit castles and stately homes, as much as I adore looking at them I almost always think ‘But I could never live here’- But I’ve gotta confess, especially as I’m in Rome- If push came to shove, I could live in a few of these Palazzos. Wow. Other than a distaste for chamber pots I could go full “Il Gattopardo” like nobody’s business.
Slim Paley photo………….Palazzo Farnese
.IX) I wouldn’t want to be The Pope though (and I’m not talking specifically about this Pope, or his present predicament in all seriousness) But being any Pope at any time throughout history? The wealth, the fame, the pomp and circumstance…the RESPONSIBILITY!? Can you imagine? Just going to the Vatican exhausted me. I wonder if they ever have one second, ever, to themselves. I guess that’s not a very Pope-like thought but it really took this visit to Rome for me to comprehend, on probably only the minutest of scales what it must be like. You have to see it to believe it. Thank Goodness I’m not in there with even the vaguest chance of being asked next. Phew.
.X) Homeopathic NO-JET-LAG pills don’t work.
Slim Paley Photo ……..The Church in front of the Hassler Hotel at the Spanish Steps, Rome
I will post again very soon about the amazing gardens we visited. I’m excited to share them with you, but for now, I must rest this weary sinner’s head and awaken to the church bells next door to the hotel- The Caravaggio exhibition and St. Peter’s beckon bright and early!
A Very Happy Friday to Everyone :).
Slim Paley photo
PS. Heathcliff Luchetti Zucca is the driver/guide; available through The Hassler Roma- he’s fantastic.
0039 329 220 44 76