Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Funny thing happened on the way to the forum...
...Rome, takes your breath away. To be surrounded by such ancient buildings in the middle of a bustling city is quite surreal. We did, of course, do all the tourist things, and went on an open topped bus to see the sights. Despite the sunny blue skies, Rome, was cold, really cold and our Holly Golightly scarves came in handy to keep your head worn and your hair in place (Kate, you would have had a mare with the windy dipping landing we had!).
We went to the Colosseum and wondered at the size of the building - how on earth did they do this without cranes, electricity and theodolites...? and in 8 years. At the end of building it, they had a party for 100 days *told you Rome was the place to go..! and during that time they killed 5,000 animals - such as lions, elephant and tigers. Nutters. But is says something of the psyche of those who live in Rome who think nothing of partying for near enough 3 months, nor for the way that they entertained themselves on watching violence.
This makes our 3 day tour seem tame. Yes, there was partying - till 3am most nights - and violence - but only that of aching stomach muscles, and nothing to do with the Rugby, which was pretty lame (although I have it on good authority that the Welsh team were given a beating on the pitch and were battered and bruised at the dinner). The tour guide said that killing beasts was similar to us going to watch sport these days. Personally, I would much prefer to see a crap game of rugby (and and ugly win) than a sport of a thousand years ago where 20,000 baying people would demand and vote to see others die (or does that sound too much like rugby?)