Roman Holiday

27.12.02 – 3.1.03

Like Hepburn and Peck
It’s our ‘Roman Holiday’
Second honeymoon trek!

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Speaking with gestures
And an operatic tongue
– Italiano!

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Time to do nothing
It’s ‘dolce far niente’
– Delicious idleness!

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Rome Kerb Drill

Firstly, find a Nun
Wait close by her right hand side
Don’t cross till she’s begun!

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Fast cars, horns blaring
Look left, right and left again
Then walk, not caring!

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Eternal city
Filled with ghosts of Old Masters
Living history

Raphael, Bernini
MichelAngelo, Caravaggio
– Waiting in shadows

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Colosseum

Theatre of Blood
Sinister killing machine
A dark Colossus

Jawdropping structure
Architectural marvel
Wonder of the world!

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In crumpled blankets
Wretched shop doorway creatures
Sleeping motionless

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A dreadful demise
Pitiful rag bag on crutches
Soulful, begging cries

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Normal holiday refrain
Stair rods bouncing off our brain
We’re three drowned rats again

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Brellymen calling
Street seller entrepreneurs
Touting for business

Brellies? Dark glasses?
Stocked for fine and wet weather
And hedging their bets

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Bocca della Verita

Honesty and Truth
Open mouth or Drain cover?
One reply required

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A sidestreet café
Strong Espresso or Latté
Revival assured

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Trevi Fountain

Eyes bright, bulbs flashing
Excited screams, throatlashing
Smiles beam, 3 coins splashing!

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Greeting the New Year on the Ponte Sisto

Dark canvas with pearls
Fleeting moments of beauty
Fireworks at midnight

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With a shaking voice
Frail figure at a window
Speaking to the world     1.1.04

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A Face at the Window

A figure in white
Trembling voice, a shaking head
A New Year message     1.1.04

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Taste explosion!
Such a different texture!
Not ice cream – Gelati!

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Visiting the Vatican Museums

Waiting with patience
Shuffling snake of umbrellas
Queueing in silence

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The Sistine Chapel
Head back. Eyes wide. Mouth open.
No words needed!

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Living museum
An unrivalled collection
Where treasures abound

Paintings and Sculpture
Architectural glories
History on tap!

Danger! I’m drowning
A cultural overload
So much to swallow!

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Penetrating eyes
A calm, confident posture
Pope Innocent X

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Pantheon pigeons
Hungry low flying sky rats
Tormenting tourists

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By 26 Piazza di Spagna – John Keats’ last home

Strangers at sunset
Sauntering spectators
Chill on Spanish Steps

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Rome still casts its spell
A group of teenage students
Enter their hotel

Adored and admired
Another generation
Impressed and inspired