Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Where Do These Lucky Romans Live & Work? - Part 1

Our first full day in Rome!  Outside the hotel doors, we walked into a sunny morning with no particular direction in mind.  We wanted to take in the city without preconceptions or agendas.  Anywhere we turned, there was gorgeousness.  I honestly believe there is a Roman law against ugly buildings.  After photographing enough picturesque streets and alleys to make my artist's head spin, I pocketed the camera and just focused on making sense of what I saw...  Where did the citizens of this phenomenal city live? ...work? ...buy groceries??

Setting aside the grand monuments and vistas of Rome (that's another blog post), here's a sampling of gorgeous building after gorgeous building.  What fascinated me was that the upper floors of these buildings were mostly residences.  Can you imagine?  Not much different from Manhattan, I suppose... except more graceful and colorful.  Look at these streets!  Imagine a third- or fourth-floor apartment in any one of these...

Even the alleys where they park their Vespas and SmartCars are picturesque...

(It's obvious why a large Ford truck or Expedition would be ridiculous over here.  Besides the high price of gas, why try to squeeze into one of these alleys in an over-sized vehicle?  Some of the cars here were barely longer than they were wide.  Very convenient, as they could fit into a parking space facing any direction.)

And here's a vignette worthy of an Italian movie - a lovely building...

But look closer (you can click on this, or any photo, to enlarge) - in the upper right, you'll see three young guys hanging out the window, just relaxing.  I watched them for several minutes... they seemed to have no agenda and be in no hurry.  Exactly what I would do, if I lived there.

 Next blog post... "Why don't our grocery stores look like this??"


1 comment:

  1. Really a nice work you have done. It is very well efforts are made in mural architeture. Wall murals are fabulous way to make home-interior very attractive and complete residence. Type of murals are Hotel Murals, Bar Mural and Office Mural. Murals are important as they bring art into the public sphere. Some wall paintings are painted on large canvases, which are then attached to the wall.