All posts tagged: italy

When in Rome (II)

Having covered so many cities in a span of three weeks meant it wasn’t exactly possible to do what everyone tries to achieve — living like a local. This being our only full day in Rome made it rather packed as we were bent on seeing whatever iconic sights of Rome that we could. Day 2’s list of sights: The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Trevi fountain & the Pantheon. The good thing about Rome’s sights — they’re all located within walking distance from each other though it sometimes feels like forever under the rays of our dear merciless sun. No clouds, guys. Zilch. Nada. (But that means amazing skies of blue in your shots. Yay!) After alighting from the bus, we began with the hunt for the Colosseum! Language barriers can be a real pain, especially when every street name bears some sort of similarity with the other. Another instance — at the supermarket/ ordering food. I’ll come to those later in the trip. From our first bus ride experience, we realized that no one pays …

When in Rome (I)

Now that I’m home and countering my Europe withdrawals by seamlessly browsing through and editing what seems to be 33GB worth of shots, it’s time I take you guys along with me as I relive these past but rather vivid moments. Over one of the best 19 days of my life, the four of us covered Rome, Florence, Venice, Lauterbrunnen, Munich, Paris, London & finally Manchester. Trudging through the heat of Italy, the snow of Jungfraujoch and the perfect British weather in the UK, every detail serves to be wonderfully memorable — things like struggling to carry my 12kg luggage up and down the lovely steps of the train and metro stations whilst jostling in the crowd doused in pickpocket-paranoia. After 13 hours of flight to London and another 3, we finally saw ourselves in Rome, Fiumicino Airport. It was rather empty, dodgy and it felt like we were on a potential set of a mafia movie. On board the Leonardo Express, we headed for our accommodation located in sight of St Peter’s Basilica in …