April 28, 2008 12:55 pm
We sit in a quiet shady park overlooking a part of the Forum. After ascending the long series of staircases from the Piazza Venezia, and then finally the Cordonata, a grand staircase designed by Michelangelo which leads to the Piazza del Campidoglio (also designed by M.), we have stopped to rest and write under the trees. It is pleasant up here.
A slight breeze to cool the hot skin and a marble bench to write on. This is all I need to be happy – a place with a view to sit and recover, although it must be noted that the stairs I’ve encountered in Rome are a piece of cake compared to the high risers and uneven treads of Amalfi Coast staircases.
The view of the Forum spread out below us is impressive. Pillars, arches, and crumbling ruins are scattered across a wide grassy plain. And in between it all, clusters of red poppies blooming their hearts out. Onward pilgrims!
I’m getting ready to order 2 scoops of marsala custard gelato. Sister is panting of thirst like a street dog – she only wants a cold bowl of water, no gelato for her today. Such restraint! We’ve run amok in the Eternal City on this hot day. Plenty of walking from one end of Rome to the other. Later we hopped on the metro over to Piazza Barberini, where we dined on sage & butter ravioli,
sauteed eggplants with walnuts,
fresh pizza with rocket, a peppery green.
under the cool shade of sycamore trees.
I had a large bottle of cold water with my lunch while Sister enjoyed a bottle of white wine. This must explain her thirst now. And her frequent requests to stop and lie down.
Our seasoned waiter in white suit just arrived with our 2 orders of 3 scoops of marsala custard gelato! Whoops. Must have ordered wrong.
Took many photos of coats of arms and other heraldic symbols today. The symbols fascinate me and my list of things to google when I get home is growing. My curiosity continues to expand here like a long embroidered carpet being rolled out in an undeveloped wilderness. I don’t have time to return to work! There are mysteries to solve! Investigations to be conducted! Stacks of books to read!