Looking back a few months, when I first became involved with Safaridude and Paolo on the Hirola rescue mission, I never thought I would spend a weekend in Rome talking conservation and indeed, when my husband and I reached Doha some 19 hours after leaving home and I saw the departure board showing the Nairobi flight about to leave I was almost undone. However, it was 'Africa a Roma' I was heading towards and where there is the word Africa there has to be some excitement!
There was some novelty value in Rome's Fiumicino airport with so many LCCs operating and names and colours of airlines that we never see in Australia. This kept me amused for the rather long taxi into our gate but it wasn't long before we were outside and champing at the bit to get to our destination. I mean, we only had that afternoon and 2 subsequent days before flying out again so no time to sit around contemplating anything at all. Fortunately, traffic was light (by Nairobi standards anyway ) and we soon found ourselves being driven down narrow cobblestoned streets. Road works outside our hotel meant walking a short way with our suitcases, but nothing too arduous. At this point, I should mention that 3 weeks earlier I had broken the little toe on my right foot and the week before I had twisted my left ankle badly when working with the horses … I was not in the best state to do a lot of walking but somehow you manage.
After a quick check in we hung all our dinner clothes up to hopefully reduce creases, then we were out in the beautiful streets of Rome and heading towards the Spanish Steps, literally 5 minutes away.
the church at the top of the Steps (no, I didn't write down the names of anything … hopeless)
At this point I should mention that one thing I found most interesting about our Rome trip (apart from Hirola issues) was the juxtaposition of old and new in Rome. Even down to this majestic old church which had a clear sky until I lined up to take a photo when suddenly a jet stream appeared, no doubt towed along by a jet! The other thing I noticed was the very rich light which soaked into the old buildings in the evening which very much reminded me of African light.
City living is very voyeuristic I find. Looking through windows is a richly rewarding activity for a tourist and I have many photos which show life beyond the tourist activity but nothing salacious!! I only have included a few photos with this report as it is not wildlife based so the interest may be slim.
through a window on the side of the Spanish Steps, I liked the shoe and didn't notice the person's face until I came home