Friday, September 12, 2008
Impressions of Rome (2)
Rome is the city of Vespas, minimal Cars (nowhere have I seen so many Smarts, swarms of Smarts) and narrow undulating paved roads. With a lot of obstacles - tables, boxes, plants, parked vehicles...
In this photo you can see eighteen Vespas and two Smarts. This is the right statistical proportion.
Driving around can make you seasick. Especially if you ride in a classic Roman taxi - a Fiat Multipla - with a suspension to win you a gold medal in the trampoline.
As an alternative you can alway hire a horse driven carriage. Otherwise it is Vespas and Vespas...
Bur sometimes, in the depths of a magnificent portico, in the insides of a palazzo you can spot an expensive Merc.
Rome is also the city of herds. Not of cattle but of tourists. They dutifully follow their cicerone who holds high up something to be seen from afar. A number, a folded umbrella or a bouquet of flowers.
The herds come and go, cross and mix and sometimes lose a stray tourist...