Saturday, September 6, 2008

Rome revisited

It is always difficult to revisit a place you love. Disappointment lurks. I know I will never attempt Granada or the Bretagne. You cannot surpass the absolute, and anything less will be a letdown.

I have being in Rome many times - starting in 1955 during a month-long vacation. But the crown was my last visit, in 1986. The Villa Adriana and a walk down the Via Appia Antiqua at dusk.

There is only one way out - not to revisit the same spots. Big and historical cities like London, Paris, Constantinople, have always new surprises for you.



No, this time I will definitely NOT go to Tivoli for the Villa Adriana. Hope I will discover something else, something different.

And after all, there is always pasta...

Packing suitcase. I'm off.

23 comments:

harrylogue said...

The name of the city is Istanbul.

The Greeks have no right to name it differently.

It is useful to visit a major city every 10 years...Check the changes,if any...

Rome is like Athens,mausoleums for classical fascists.Those who like to observe ruins,built by slaves...

Dormammu said...

A city that never lets you down, no matter how many times you return.

Waitin' for photos.

nikiplos said...

bonjour a tous!
Bon voyage notre ami!!!

Naming with the Greek name does not necessitates a nationalism set. Long time ago, A Turkish in Constantinople, had corrected my brother... "For Greeks it must always be Constantinople!!!"

Many French people who are not fascists, still call names of European cities with their national accent. For instance they call Aachen as: "Aix-la-Chapelle"

nikiplos said...

By chance or not, the discussion with Instambul, takes place today, which is the remembrance of the pogrom of September, 6th 1955.

p.m. said...

And the real name of Greece is Hellas, Harry: the Others have no right to name it differently.

Also the name of "Ollandia" (Holland) is Netherlands and the name of "Gallia" is France. The Hellenes have no right to name it differently.

Not to mention that the name of Athina is not Atina or Atene: the Turks and Japanese have no rights to spell it differently.

Hey, there are even some Turks that called Istanbul Konstantiniye, less than a century ago!

You know, we all have a little fascist inside. Spend a little more time pondering about the Istanbul pogrom (Septemeber 6-7 1955) and less about than the city's name.

(by the way, take care and get well soon)

harrylogue said...

I don't...rain on other people's ...blogs,so...back to our subject...

Is it wise or useful to visit the same place many times ?

I say yes,but not for antiquities...

Antonios Liolios said...

Have a safe trip and please share with us your photos and impressions!

Will you hav internet access there? If yes I hope its not as expensive as elsewhere!

An-Lu said...

Bon voyage!

doodler said...

There will be an Internet connection - prepaid Vodafone Mobile Connect. Just for the mail - the photos (should there be any of interest) will be uploaded when I return.

Love said...

Doodler is right about the deep dissapointment that "a quick Euro progress" rubs on exceptional places.

Old mega cities don't lose their "charm" as rapidly as small tranquil Agean Sea islands.

I believe Vienna is one of those well cared places, that will not disappoint their guest with disastrous changes, when revisiting a score of years later.

Harry,
Constantinople should rightfully be called by any name the Turks want since the beauty of the old city is quickly dissapearing.
The smell of refuge and garbage all over there has really changed that "queen of all cities" to a "blight of Asia".


s.p.s.
Parthenon and the other Acropolis monuments of human creativity were built by mostly free men, the best artists of their time, the brains behind todays ruins, and a few well built barbarian slaves that provided the muscle power then, all and all no more than 50 people at a time.

athanasia said...

"There is only one way out - not to revisit the same spots."

And, perhaps, if you attempt the same spots, to do so with new eyes?

I hope you are enjoying Rome. :)

doodler said...

Greetings from Rome. A nice flight, an 80 minutes wait for the luggage and a first impression of humid heat. Thank God the hotel air-conditioning works well.

Now some rest, a dinner and tomorrow the new exploration. (I will try the new eyes - although I am afraid that mine are more on the old side...).

Antonios Liolios said...

I hope this post remains focused exclusively on Rome and the impressions of the returning traveller instead of useless and inappropriate political debates. We don't need provocations and another shut-down.

Dear doodler please enforce sound moderation and don't let us down.

Let us see through your eyes the beauty of the eternal city.

Eagerly awaiting...

mad hatter said...

Dear Doodler,

the Italians say "A Roma e a fica si rinuncia mica"

have a pleasant stay in Rome, and don't forget to walk along via Margutta!

harrylogue said...

I introduce the term " blogiarism",as in "plagiarism ", for comments unrelated to the context of the post...

No blogiarism by me then...

So,we all wait for "doodler's " impresssions & snapshots of the Eternal City...

Also his comments on Italian drivers...

R they like the Russians ?

" Enter with pandes,
exit with zandes " (sic) ?

gravoura said...

I would like to have your opinion not only for the drivers, but also for...women! Keep an eye on them. I'm sure you do. They have the fame of the most elegant.

Have a nice stay.

doodler said...

Walking today in the city brought a harvest of over 50 pictures. But - disappointment! - back at the hotel I found that my internet connection status does not allow for uploading of photos. They will have to wait until I return...

Christophorus said...

Welcome back, sir!

It makes me feel funny (to tell the truth, I find it rather disquieting) to see that certain things remain the same... that is, political or quasi-political discussions in a post about a trip to Rome...

Have a nice time.

nikiplos said...

Have a nice time there our dear Doodle, and do not bother... We will see your snapshots on your return...

An not forget
"tous les chemins mènent à Rome"
Bonne soirée notre amie...

Antonios Liolios said...

Sounds like a very weird internet connection!

Can we look forward to some descriptions or impressions?

mad hatter said...

Talking 'bout women...

The most beautiful girls in Roma are working as saleswomen at the (extremely) expensive boutiques of via Condotti. And the best time to walk around is about two o' clock, when they take their lunch break.

Tips you won't find elsewhere;-)

tassos georgakopoulos said...

Rome
“Walking through humans life history”

harrylogue said...

U may attempt to upload your photos to your website first & then perhaps to transfer them to your blog...