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So I 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- this won’t be a history lesson. If I retain even a fraction of all the information Heathcliff imparted to us over the last few days it will be a miracle. Instead, I’ll share what I have learned in Rome;
I) Never pack for a long trip with the assumption you will be purchasing some things to wear there. Murphy’s Law states you’ll only find great things to buy if you have viciously overpacked. If, on the other hand, you seem to have only brought eight belts, 0 sweaters, and wildly inappropriate black heels, you won’t find anything.
What I somehow pictured finding…the outfit and the weather
Chanel Cruise 2011
I did manage to find the most disturbing child mannequins ever
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II) Don’t assume, just because you’re 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 & lightening storm debating whether to abandon my silver cross necklace and underpinnings in a darkened doorway. Death by metal underwire bra? I could never live that down.
A storm brews over the streets of Rome before things get biblical and the skies finally crack.
III) Do count on it to rain on the days you get 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.
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IV) Rome definitely has Paris beat in the “Sorry, this was built when??” dept., but I’m afraid I still have to go with Paris on the food. I realize this might not be received well, however, Anticapesa on via Garibaldi is great, with 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 there 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 truly 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.
VIII) Usually when visiting 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 and drafts I could go full “Il Gattopardo” like nobody’s business.
Slim Paley photo………….Palazzo Farnese
.IX) I wouldn’t want to be Pope though. The wealth, the fame, the pomp and circumstance…the responsibility… Just visiting the Vatican exhausted me. I wonder if popes ever have one second to themselves?? I guess that’s not a very Pope-like thought but it really took this visit for me to comprehend, on probably only the minutest of scales, what it must be like. Thank Goodness I’m not in there with even the vaguest chance of being elected. Phew.
.X) Homeopathic ANTI-JET-LAG pills don’t work.
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The Church in front of the Hassler Hotel at the Spanish Steps, Rome
I will post again 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.
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