Jan 6, 2009

Roma, la Città Eterna

My Italian adventure started in Rome, the Eternal City. It's one of the most important places in Western civilisation, providing a rich background to the development of church music, which is the "ancestor" of Classical music genre as we know it.

Old buildings and historical places at every twists and turns, it was a feast for the eyes. I love old buildings and the intricate arts that come with them.

When I was little I told my mother that I wanted to be an archaeologist . She said, "No! It's a job that's too dangerous for a woman." So that was the end of it. If I were more determined, right now I could have been living in a remote part of the world, dusting artifacts covered with spiders' webs... shudders... glamorous it is not. Finding riches, solving ancient mysteries? Nah, I'd rather be an Indiana Jones in the comfort of my chair.

The Colosseum above is the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire, originally used for gladiatorial combat.

The size of the place is truly colossal. I could imagine the hustle and bustle of the Colosseum when it was full of people. Spectators chatting in anticipation, gladiators psyching themselves, slaves doing whatever they were supposed to do, lions being prepped (=starved?), vendors selling food and drinks - or did they bring their own picnic? What do you think?

* The top images: from a postcard I bought in Rome.

* Colosseum photo: taken by Yours Truly's own Olympus manual camera. Sad to say that said camera has had it's glory days. May it rest in peace.


Anonymous said...

why do our parents crush our childhood dream jobs? I like the sounds of being IJ in the comfort of your own home. The Roman structures are so beautiful. I've been to Lebanon and there is a place called Baalbeck which as an amphitheatre very similar to the picture shown on your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Great picture!, maybe you should of been a famous landscape photographer Music...If every woman had an IJ, there would be places to go and adventures to be had everyday, *sigh*

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