Looking for another excuse to post some photos. Today was our first full Day in Rome this trip around, and it was Sunday. We decided to just walk around and see all the famous sites. First off we went down for breakfast at McDonald’s by the train station. Without getting into details it was an Egg McMuffin for Barbara and two pancakes for me. Nothing much has changed in over 60 years. McDonald’s remains unable to thrill.
Next up, a stroll to rival that of Leopold Bloom. First to view again the famous Spanish steps to the Church Trinita dei Monti at the Piazza di Spagna. Then maybe not. All the good stuff was shrouded in construction scaffolding. I’m thinking I got better photos twelve years ago with my Nikon Cool Pix 800.
Not to be completely defeated, we headed back toward the famous Trevi Fountain. On the way there were other sights to see, including a nice fountain with people posing by the water spout. Also we found a place for lunch before arriving at the Trevi Fountain.
And we arrived, but Anita Eckberg no longer frolics in the Trevi Fountain, nor anybody else. Nor any water. The fountain is Death Valley dry, and steel fencing surrounds while crews work on a complete redo. That did not keep the crowds away, however.
To salve our disappointment we were forced to indulge some another round of Italian gelato.
Sights of the day involved a conversation with a street vendor, and that’s going to be the subject of another photo story. Street performers near the Roman Forum are worth the walk over there. I also photographed some interesting graffiti.
At the Santa Maria in Aracoeli Basilica is a great view of the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
The Colosseum is also under renovation, but some interesting parts are still visible for viewing.
There’s a market close to our hotel, good for a quick stop to purchase some cheap drinks. Then dinner tonight.