It was my first trip to Italy, a surprise holiday for my mum and for sure the first city to visit that came to mind was: Rome! Known as the Eternal City, Rome is a mesmerizing city where every step led me to amazing views that would make me halt, stop and take a photo. My hotel was situated very close to the Colosseum itself, a mere 5 minute walk. I remember the first time I caught sight of the Colosseum, a medieval architectural masterpiece of the capital . It simply took my breath away. I noticed how grand and majestic it stood compared to my miniscule self in a picture.
Unfortunately it was a short 3-day trip, therefore I was limited in my desire to go everywhere and explore everything. I did however manage to visit the famous landmarks such as the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine, the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, and the tall column of Marcus Aurelius. I was really excited for the Trevi Fountain yet was shortly disappointed to see that it was under construction. Just around the corner was my ascend up the Spanish Steps at the Piazza di Spagna. Breathtaking. I have to mention the beautiful boutiques and parks, the tasty Italian cuisine from their traditional trademark pizzas (with mozzarella and tomato sauce), spaghetti and the espresso of course! I even watched a World Cup match on a huge screen in the main street of Rome, cheering along with many other tourists with a beautiful and starry sky above us. Witnessed a couple of weddings take place on the streets. Summer was in full swing.
The bustling city of Rome with its ancient and rich history is a city I will love to visit again.
Beautiful streets of Rome
Overlooking the ancient city of Rome
At the monument of Vittorio Emanuele II
The Spanish Steps – Piazza di Spagna
View of Rome from the Capitoline steps
Artwork and book displays
Believe it or not!
The Colosseum at night
It has always been my desire to explore the unknown and discover the unseen. I decided to venture into the wilderness, setting off on a hike in the surrounding mountains that encircled my parents local city in Serbia. The ascend up was very tiring yet rewarding. Every step revealed a view that would take my breath away.
I noticed many small houses or cottages that were barely visible from all the trees that obscured anything that seemed out of place. I thought the houses were abandoned, yet on closer inspection I discovered that people actually inhabited these secluded and distant shelters. The people I encountered seemed to come from another time, far from the fast-paced world we live in today. They seemed perplexed at first, seeing me with a phone in my hand, taking pictures of everything with every chance I had. However, one greeting from me seemed to make their day as well as mine. Their dog terrified me by the way. Its size was magnified in my eyes in which I hurried off, skipping down without a backward glance!
Even though they probably don’t have the necessities that we all need like sufficient clean water or electricity or even food, they seemed happy; something that this world needs, more laughter and smiles and appreciation for the chance to live in such a beautiful world.
Only when we step out of our shoes and see how the unprivileged and less fortunate than us live, will we start to appreciate the small things in life that give life its true meaning.
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That, is the purpose of life.” – Walter Mitty (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)