As a young kid I loved to read, although we had almost no books in the house. Everything skool could give me was devoured voraciously, but when they were done I had to resort to my imagination.
It’s only now, as an adult, that I’ve come to realise just how powerful a child’s mind is. When I think back to my early days, hiding under my blankets taking trips to outer space and back in time, none of this was impossible to a youngster.
As an adult, I also realise that none of this is impossible. Space travel has been around since Yuri Gagarin first left the confines of our gravitational system in 1961. To travel back in time is even simpler. You just book a flight to Rome and visit the Forum.
I make no secret of the fact that Rome is my favourite city in the world to date. I adore the place and try to visit at least once a year. Once there, my favourite place in my favourite city is right here, walking the cobbled steps of the Forum, as Caesar, Brutus, Tiberius, Mark Antony et al would have done many years before I.
Ignoring the modern day gladiators looking for gullible tourists wanting a photograph, I always make my way here on my first morning. There, in the shadow of the Colosseum, is the ancient heartbeat of the city, temples, fast food, bars, courts and parliament, nothing really different from the Rome of today, simply made from different stone.
I can physically feel history as I stand in front of the Arch of Titus, looking along the pavé, seeing carved and worked columns, stones, keystones, busts and statues of Gods from a bygone age.
Even though I’ve been here four or five times, each time I come, I spend at least an entire morning, often coming back in the afternoon to gorge my eyes and soul further still. Every time I’m here I see something new. The site is a constant archeoligical dig and reconstruction site and I’m lost in wonder and admiration every time I finally leave, heading into the streets of Rome to soothe my aching feet with a cold beer (works for me) and a wonderful ice cream, before deciding where next to go.
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