Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Repubblica Italiana

When people keep harping on how Rome wasn't built in a day, they really aren't kidding, are they!?! If it wasn't built in a day, can you even fathom how much of a miracle is required to be able to see it in a day!?! Well, we did pull off a tiny miracle of sorts, because unfortunately, that's all the time we had in that wonderful haven of a city! There is so much to see and imbibe in that place that it soaks you up and keeps you eternally in its clutches! Having landed quite early in the morning, we set off to explore this city of cities with eyes filled with awe and a spring in our step. We weren't the least bit disappointed.

Vatican City (a separate country within the city of Rome) is an absolute stunner. I'm now not surprised that it is one of the richest countries in the world. Not discounting the expansiveness of the "little" country, the sheer exuberance and architecture of the place left us all salivating for more. After having spent a good part of the morning and some of the afternoon in Vatican City, our hunger for all things beautiful had grown manifold. Rome satiated us beyond all measure. As we wound our way through the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Novona and many other such dreamy places, we understood the magnificence that is Rome!

With the Arno river ever faithfully by its side, Florence is a picturesque, little town, to state the obvious. Particularly known for being the abode of Michelangelo's David, Florence acted as the soothing balm to the thumping excitement of Rome. Needless to say, beautiful churches and cathedrals dot the whole landscape of Italy, and Florence was no less fortunate. However, the river captivated me like no other. We spent a good amount of time on a couple of its lovely, old bridges and watched the sun bid us a cheery goodbye.

Pisa; quaint is the first word that comes to mind whenever I think of this curious, little town. Seeing the leaning tower peeking out from behind the famed baptistery, is a memory that has been etched into my mind forever more. The souvenir shops that line one side of the street/lawn leading up to the tower do brisk business and are themselves quite a delight to observe! Haggling over the prices, smiling, friendly faces, the continuous murmur of voices, all make up the wonder that is Pisa!

On my way to the hotel from the airport in Rome, the first thing that struck me is the glaring and apparent similarities between India and Italy. The houses were structured in a similar manner, the people were as friendly and forthcoming as we're used to back home and the reverberation of life and bonhomie in the air was truly reminiscent of dear, old homeland.

Not to mention, both countries are home to some amazing culinary delights!


Blogger mº¿ºsh, brecht and nora said...

my jaw dropped reading your entry P! U MUST take up writing, esp travel writing, u r so superb! i hope there will be more photos, these are so fantastic.... i crave for more ; ) hugs for now xxx

8:58 PM  
Blogger ani_aset said...

you write so well da :)..with those lovely pictures..especially the first two

1:45 PM  
Blogger supernova said...

You're very kind, Mush... Thanks a ton! I do hope to take up writing seriously some day; this is very good encouragement...

Yup, Italy was so fantastic... I'll definitely post more pictures.

Hugssss right back at ya :-)

11:41 PM  
Blogger supernova said...

Thanks much, Ani... :-))

11:42 PM  
Blogger AquaM said...

oye, do you have an email where i can reach you?

11:25 AM  
Blogger Idah's Family Bluez said...

you're really good P!
seriously, you're good at writing..
and when u have the passion for it, good comes in naturally.. :)

i have lost touch with writing for so long.. sometimes, i feel bad about it.. but, maybe next time, i'll do it again.. right now, its more resting and working..

take care.. hugs!!! :D

5:25 PM  
Blogger supernova said...

Thanks a whole ton, Idah! I really do hope you get back to writing again soon; I miss your blog!

2:34 PM  

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