As The Romans Do

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The Faded Glory of Not-So-Ancient Rome

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New Art, Old Wall

If you walk through San Lorenzo, currently one of Rome’s most “trendy” neighborhoods (even if it’s also said to be “underground”) you will probably come upon this very old wall while jumping off of Tram no. 19.

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Rome, cité envoutante…

Erasmus, Giardino degli aranci, Roma Les matins se succèdent à un rythme soutenu et déjà depuis une semaine je suis ici sans pouvoir prétendre comprendre ni saisir l’essentiel d’une ville tentaculaire. J’ai parcouru, à la marche, en métro, en tram, en voiture et en bus ces milliers de kilomètres de rues parfois monumentales, parfois disparates, sans […]

Lido di Ostia – ruine, fantasme et nostalgie

Renato Guttuso, Spiaggia, 1955-1956 J’embarquai dès le matin dans ce fantasme au bord de la Mer de Rome et qui traine toujours avec moi, comme un paysage qui me harcèle. Ce n’est qu’un paysage, une carte postale tragiquement exotique – et qui me fit revenir en mémoire avec force l’oeuvre Spiaggia de Guttuso, le peintre […]

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Morning Coffee: Caffè Portofino, Roma

Via Cola di Rienzo, Roma, iPhone snapshot, Octobre 2011 Il me semble que rien ne frappe d’aplomb comme le soleil et la vitalité romaine. Et spécialement au départ de Paris, ville qui se cherche une définition, alternant entre la bourgeoise snobinarde et faussement moderne et la bohème pathétique et incohérente, formant une armée de poètes […]

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Europe Through the Eyes of Others

Roma Barcelona Madrid

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Not the Rome of Your Imagination

When I visited Rome in 2006, I stayed in an apartment next to Trastevere Station, a twenty-minute tram ride from the city’s historic centre. After a week in London, where everything is well-ordered, clearly marked and invested with a sense of purpose, Rome’s grimy atmosphere of barely-contained chaos greeted me with a shock. Thinking back, […]

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Europe on Two Wheels

Barcelona by the sea Barcelona Over the hill in Madrid

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A Walk Through San Lorenzo di Roma

Aux portes de Rome Un quartier singulier. La seule zone de Rome bombardée, lors de la deuxième guerre. Quatre mille bombes ; trois mille victimes, dont le souvenir flotte toujours autour de ces rues. Ces quelques rues, un kilomètre carré tout au plus, où se regroupe la Rome révolutionnaire. Malgré tout, ce qui choque le […]

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Locals vs. Tourists

Montreal We’ve always known there is a gulf between the city as experienced by tourists and the city lived in by locals. Now we have a fun visual representation of that divide. Using various types of data from Flickr, one user of the photo-sharing website, Eric Fisher, has created maps that indicate the spots photographed […]

Drinking from the Big Nose

Drinking fountains are everywhere in Rome, quite useful in a city where temperatures hover above 35C in the summer. These cast-iron fountains are known affectionately as nasoni, or “big noses,” due to the Pinocchio-esque appearance of their spouts. The design dates back to 1872, when the first twenty fountains were installed. Today, there are over […]

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Waiting for the Bus: Rome

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Window Shopping

Venice Genoa

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