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.