Jun 172013
 
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Church on the hill

Church on the hill

The entrance to our apartment

The entrance to our apartment

I have to admit that I was immediately turned off with Rome when on the  first day  out, I had my little carryall  stolen while getting coffee.  Lost several guide books, an Italian phrase book, sun glasses, regular glasses and reading glasses and  both my still and video cameras.  Fortunately no money or passport in the bag.  Of course if I had put my money in there I would have taken it to the counter to get the coffee.  It was a definite bummer.  I bought a new camera because my cellphone camera is worthless and we had other  guidebooks so it wasn’t really so bad (except for-being royally pissed off at being so careless).  The cameras were old.  I  was about ready for a  new one anyway.  What I haven’t been able to replace is the carryall.  Even  though  it seems that almost every Italian man carries  some kind of manpurse, I can’t seem to find a  store  that  sells  them.  Carrying all the stuff that a good  tourist needs is hard without some  kind  of  pack.  I  think backpacks  look silly.  I  need something small. I’d even buy  a fanny pack-  if  I could find  one- even though I hate them as  well.  I’m getting desperate.

So that’s my complaint about Rome.  I need to buy  something and I can’t find anyplace that sells it.  Wouldn’t you  think some enterprising Roman would have thought of selling tourist equipment to tourists?  If tourists are coming all the way to Rome to buy stuff  and outrageous prices from the Gap and J Crew, surely  at least a few would want a carryall.  I guess I  really don’t  get it.  I may be reduced to carrying the  plastic bags from the  market with my stuff.

Anyway, here are  some pictures you won’t usually see from Rome.

 shop for rent in Trastevere


shop for rent in Trastevere

Backstreet in Trastevere

The neighborhood square

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Ralph

Ralph is the inspiration for Cantankerous Old Coots and is our Grand Duke of Cantankerousness

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  1. Thanks for sharing Ralph. This post is nice to read with, it feels like I was brought to the actual scenario. You the best writer.

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