Italy 2010

Projet Caesar | Du 18/11/2010 au 28/11/2010 (11 jours)

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Intro

Of course, I could have choosen not to remember more than the 10 days of rain I experienced… But I was conscient of that risk before to leave (november is not august), and I've seen too many beautiful things to complain.

You'll certainly wonder why I say it rained so much, when the weather seems to be so nice on my pictures. I can explain it. First off all, I had the chance to enjoy great sunny intervals between gusts of rain. Secondly, please remember that it (almost) never rains inside chruchs and museums. And, finally, … I'm talented !

Enjoy the trip!

D1 - Piove!

18/11/2010 | Grenoble - Lyon St Exupéry Airport - Rome - Palazzo Massimo - Rome - Terme di Diocleziano - Rome - Santa Maria degli Angeli - Rome - Piazza Esedra

  • So hard to wake-up at 3 a.m.. Even to go on holidays!
  • Lyon St Exupéry's Terminal 3 looks like EasyJet : definitely Low Cost!
  • “<i>Dove la stazione per il treno Roma-Vitterbo ?”</i>, were the first italian words of my trip.
  • Of course, I paid attention to use my hands while speaking.
  • I had my ticket checked in the subway (Ep. I).
  • I met an italian guy that did not understand how and why, I could go on holidays alone, in november, with a tent and a heavy bag…
  • “<i>Mammamia!</i>”, he was saying again and again.
  • Because of the rain, I visited The National Roman Museum.

D2 - Colosseo

19/11/2010 | Rome - Colosseo - Rome - Palatino - Rome - Foro romano - Rome - Capitoline - Rome - Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II - Rome - Pantheon

  • I had my ticket checked in the subway (Ep. II).
  • Tanks to the <i>Roma Pass</i>, I skept the line to enter the Coliseum.
  • It worth it, despite of the crowd.
  • “<i>My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.</i>”
  • I would have loved to see a true gladiators' fight.
  • After the Coliseum, time to visit the Palatin and the Roman Forum…
  • … under the rain for more fun!
  • Ancient romans were the kings of columns.
  • But, today's, certainly not the kings of information's panels!
  • A sunny interval allow me to spent some hours near the Pantheon.
  • 2000 years… Unbelievable!!!
  • Too much for my eyes…
  • … but also for my EOS 7D, that crashed, and crashed, and crashed again…

D3 - Churchs...

20/11/2010 | Rome - Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome - Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano - Rome - Castel Sant Angelo - Rome - Piazza San Pietro - Rome - Piazza Navona - Rome - Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II - Rome - Foro romano

  • I had my ticket checked in the subway (Ep. II).
  • To escape the rain, I've visited churchs and basilicas.
  • So impressive and luxurious!
  • After the rain, a blue sky to enjoy a wonderfull sunset.
  • Time for my Canon 70-200 to show what it is capable of…
  • Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! That's the difference between Canon L series and normal series!!!

D4 - Napoli

21/11/2010 | Rome - Napoli - Pompei

  • Traveling in Italian trains with Italian people is funny, but definitely not restful!
  • Piles of trash and dozens of beggars… The first impression of Naples wasn't very pleasant…
  • The second neither: dark alleys, noisy people, a dramatic lack of respect for everything and everyone…
  • I couldn't stay longer.
  • Luckily, the campsite was far away from this.
  • A touch of wind and sun to dry my tent…
  • … And I felt asleep a few meters from Pompei ruins.

D5 - Pompei

22/11/2010 | Pompei

  • For some very long minutes, I walked alone in the streets of Pompei.
  • Such a special and rare moment in life…
  • Pompei is more than wonderfull…
  • … and looks still alive!
  • I'm a lucky man!

D6 - Herculaneum

23/11/2010 | Herculanum - Napoli

  • After Pompei, some minutes alone in Herculaneum.
  • Beautiful, but not as moving as Pompei.
  • I decided then to give Naples another chance to convince me…
  • … But I still was chocked by the irrespectuous way of life of its inhabitants…
  • I got over this disappointment with a succulent real napolitain pizza.
  • In the Late Dark Deep of the Night, I experimented what must be the second most terrifying thunderstorm of my life (after Oslo's one)…

D7 - Margherita!

24/11/2010 | Napoli - Rome

  • The tent and associated stuffs were dramatically wet after this strong thunderstorm. How to get it dry?
  • My new english friend gave me the solution: drying in the toilets with a portable heater!!! LOL
  • Some pictures in the Goodies page.
  • Last time in Naples for a last pizza.
  • Gino Sorbillo, one of the best.
  • Mammamia!!!
  • I still remember its incomparable taste…

D8 - Vatican

25/11/2010 | Rome - Museo del Vaticano - Rome - Basilica di San Pietro - Rome - Circo Massimo - Rome - Terme di Caracalla

  • Vatican. State in the State.
  • I didn't see the Pope.
  • I didn't see Jesus neither.
  • Neverthelss, I saw the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
  • St. Peter's is more than huge… but strangely doesn't seem so when inside.
  • The Vatican State has its own post service.
  • The beautiful sun convinced me to visit Caracalla's terms.
  • I got there, entered the site…
  • … And, of course, it began to rain!

D9 - Dolce Vita

26/11/2010 | Rome - Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura - Rome - Santa Maria in Trastevere - Rome - Trastevere - Rome - Piazza Navona - Rome - Pantheon - Rome - Fontana di Trevi - Rome - Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti - Rome - Villa Borghese - Rome - Piazza del Popolo - Rome - Colosseo - Rome - Foro romano

  • Cold morning rain…
  • I took the way to St. Paul's Outside the Walls Basilica.
  • Means I've visited the four most important Basilicas of Rome.
  • The sun came back.
  • Allowing me to spent good time in Trastevere's streets.
  • Red, yellow, ochre.
  • Then in the Centro Storico.
  • Piazza Navona, Pantheon, …
  • And, of course, the Trevi foutain, where I threw two coins. One to fulfil my wishes, and the second to be sure I'll be back to Rome one day.
  • Yet another nice sunset on Roman ruins!

D10 - Borghese

27/11/2010 | Rome - Museo Borghese - Rome - Villa Borghese - Rome - Centro Storico

  • First (and single) day <u>WITHOUT RAIN</u> of the trip…
  • … and also LAST day of the trip!
  • I'd like to say Galeria Borghese is wonderfull.
  • But… honestly I can't!
  • First of all, because classical painting is… just boring!
  • And, secondly, because the way they exhibit paintings is absolutely scandalous!
  • Luckily, thanks to Bernin's sculptures, the catastrophe was less catastrophic.
  • A last walk in the Centre Storico, the place I prefer in Rome.
  • Then, went to the Youth Hostel.

D11 - Il ritorno

28/11/2010 | Rome - Centro Storico - Lyon St Exupéry Airport - Grenoble

  • It was such a bloody mess in the airport, that it took me 20 minutes to check-in, and 40 to reach the security check!
  • The good news was that, then, the waiting before boarding was short…
  • The Alpes covered by snow… Home, sweet home !