The streets of Rome with the reflection of the bus window.
It’s still magical.
ROME! I think I’d like to stay for a week at least in Rome, and you’d still never be able to see it all.
At this point we had left the Coliseum behind and were making our way toward the Trevi fountain. As I type these words I can still hear the voice of our guide who spoke english very well with a very distinct Italian accent that I found musical and charming. She was wonderful, and I will always think of her when I think of Rome and how she did everything to make sure we saw the best of Rome possible.
YES! Another Gelateria!
At least once a day, if not twice!
Buses though ancient arches.
I wish I knew my Latin better than I did. Roman numerals still stump me beyond a certain point.
Goodness these streets are crowded!
Who is that tall guy in Boise State Blue & Orange in the bottom right? Ha!
This is what we are coming to see.
But with all of the people around the view I got was:
Selfies, everyone, selfies!
Be careful of the selfie-stick, you can get poked, prodded, whacked and beaned as people whip them out everywhere to take the photo of a lifetime that will probably end up on their Christmas cards or Facebook profile photo!
Almost better, except for that hat!
Competitions had become the rage during the Baroque era to design buildings, fountains and even the Spanish Steps. In 1730 Pope Clement XII organized a contest in which Nicola Salvi initially lost to Alessandro Galilei – but due to the outcry in Rome over the fact that a Florentine won, Salvi was awarded the commission anyway.
Work began in 1732 and the fountain was completed in 1762, long after Salvi's death, when Pietro Bracci's Oceanus (god of all water) was set in the central niche.
Salvi died in 1751 with his work half finished, but he had made sure a stubborn barber's unsightly sign would not spoil the ensemble, hiding it behind a sculpted vase, called by Romans the asso di coppe, the "Ace of Cups".
The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini, who substituted the present allegories for planned sculptures of Agrippa and "Trivia", the Roman virgin. It was officially opened and inaugurated on May 22 by Pope Clemens XIII.
The majority of the piece is made from Travertine stone, quarried near Tivoli, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of Rome. [source]
That’s it! I’ll shoot above their heads!
But wait….where is the fountain?
Okay, that is the best I can do. Let’s go grab some gelato instead.
Pistachio. My treat.
We passed this guy on the way. Buonjourno!
Around the corner from the fountain, enjoying the shade, the gelato and the beautiful day, Italian style.
This happened yesterday!
Amidst computer glitches threatening to take my store down, details of which I won’t go into – we managed to get 6 full heavy tubs of precious Addicted to Scraps Book orders out to the post office.
When folks say “Why don’t you have them pick up?” It’s because my mail is picked up and delivered by a post office that is NOT this one, even though this little Wallburg Post Office is less than a mile from my house. This post office doesn’t deliver. My mail comes from Winston Salem. And there are time sensitive packages here. If I print postage for international orders, they have to be dropped of THAT SAME DAY. If I schedule a mail pick up, who knows when they will show up, certainly not on my time when I am ready, and it is so easy to drop these off just up the road.
Besides, that is my social life! I look forward to seeing Sherry and Aspen every time I am home and dropping things off. We have been doing this for 8 years now and have become friends.
They are also my cheerleaders with this whole thing. It’s great living in a small place where even the postal gals know you by name and know what is going on and ask how you are and where you’ve been and where you are off to next. Would I get that with pick-up? Doubtful. Choices! I choose to drop and deliver!
We are making headway on getting everything out that is able to. Everyone who has ordered thus far should have a mail that says “Processing” in their inboxes letting you know that yes, I got your order and your invoices and labels have been printed and sorted making it easier to fill once Essential Triangle Tools arrive.
I’ve made the hubster a promise that I will fill what more orders I can this morning until the post office closes at noon. And then we are headed to the cabin for the rest of the day and tomorrow. Everyone should have a weekend, right? Besides, there is mystery sewing to really dive into and it has to be done! I’ll be back filling orders on Monday.
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Have a great Saturday, everyone!