The Roman holiday (part I)

Where I talk about Rome (the perfume will be part II).

I never expected to like Rome so much, I always thought Paris was my city. Now it seems I have two cities where I wouldn’t mind living if it weren’t in Zagreb.
It’s so very easy to fall in love with Rome and its smiling citizens, hordes of tourists, local wine, great food, even better desserts, and don’t let me start on the coffee…
Did I mention the weather?! The summer one, with temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius?

Not to mention it’s probably heaven if you have an archeological streak, or a Catholic one as each street either has a ruin or a church, or both.
I also finally understood there is a political background to everything anyone with any power does. Walking around St. Peter’s basilica is a testimony to that – making you feel small and insignificant in front of such a monumental shrine to a god you should worship. I could actually feel my religious sentiments waking, luckily it didn’t last long. πŸ˜‰

Walking around Rome is like walking on a movie set. At least for me. I suppose I saw it in the movies so many times now I walked through it, I couldn’t help but feel like I was a part of one.
One where I spent my days having fun with fellow perfumista. Basically, the best kind of a movie, friends, in a lovely city, smelling many perfumes, enjoying good food and each other’s company. Who wouldn’t want to star in a movie like that?

Ok, no more talk, here are some of the photos.

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Amfiteatro Flavio – better known as the Colosseum

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Pictures don’t do it justice

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The Roman forum

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Colosseum

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The Roman forum

Detail from Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo

Detail from Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo

The Trevi fountain

The Trevi fountain

The Pantheon - incredible is all I can say

The Pantheon – incredible is all I can say

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St. Peter’s Basilica

Inside the basilica

Inside the basilica

One more inside the basilica

One more inside the basilica

View from the park above Spanish steps

View from the park above Spanish steps

Suzanne and Mark in the park

Suzanne and Mark in the park

When the Carabinieri pose, you take a photo ;)

When the Carabinieri pose, you take a photo πŸ˜‰

There is no photo of the Sistine chapel as you areΒ  not allowed to take one (which I didn’t see so I got shouted at for trying to take one).Β And there is also no photo of the leather goods you can buy in Rome (like gloves and a jacket…). πŸ˜‰

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13 thoughts on “The Roman holiday (part I)

  1. Asali September 27, 2013 at 00:51 Reply

    Such beautiful pictures πŸ™‚ Thanks Ines

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    • Ines September 29, 2013 at 12:38 Reply

      Thank you – it’s great having them and re-living the memories through them. πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful Things September 27, 2013 at 10:31 Reply

    Rome’s incredible! It must have been something else at the height of its power.

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    • Ines September 29, 2013 at 12:38 Reply

      That’s what I’ve been thinking too. πŸ™‚ Oh, how I sometimes wish I could travel back in time…

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  3. Undina September 29, 2013 at 08:32 Reply

    One day I’ll go to Rome. One day I’ll meet Suzanne. Not necessarily in this order πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for sharing pictures.

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    • Ines September 29, 2013 at 12:39 Reply

      Who knows what might come sooner? Although, I think meeting Suzanne should top this short list. πŸ˜‰
      But Rome is really incredible too.

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  4. Suzanne September 29, 2013 at 15:26 Reply

    I wondered how well your pictures of St. Peter’s Basilica would turn out, Ines, because of the lighting, but they are beautiful. I also really love your moody shot of the Pantheon. When I want to relive my days in Rome, I’ll come here. ❀

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    • Ines September 30, 2013 at 14:39 Reply

      Suzanne, I was wondering the same thing about the basilica and was surprised to see that they were quite all right.
      I’ve been reliving those days in Rome quite regularly because the weather is horrible and I long for those lovely summer days…

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  5. flittersniffer September 29, 2013 at 22:22 Reply

    Sounds like you had a blast together – the photos are great! I have been to Rome a couple of times, and I know just what you mean about its movie set quality, and the religious and political vibe that permeates the city. And how great that you met up with Suzanne again!

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    • Ines September 30, 2013 at 14:40 Reply

      Oh, we did have a blast! πŸ™‚ It was incredible actually – and it makes me happy just thinking about it.

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  6. Kafkaesque October 16, 2013 at 09:16 Reply

    Lovely, lovely photos and story. I found myself grinning at your comments about history, catholicism, and the (luckily) short-lived re-awakening of your religious feelings. Then I read, “When the Carabinieri pose, you take a photo” and I laughed out loud. πŸ˜€ It’s so true. But the way you put it is simply hilarious! Thank you for taking me back memory lane, Ines! xoxox

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    • Ines October 16, 2013 at 14:34 Reply

      Thank you Kafkaesque. πŸ™‚
      About Carabinieri, they really did pose! They were trying to look very casual about it but they could see all the people (women πŸ˜‰ ) snapping photos around.
      And since they drive BMWs, I had to take a photo to show my boyfriend (he loves motorcycles).

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