F is for Forum.

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.

The letter F was bought to you by:http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/


About bobleponge216

Elderly rotund toothless male seeks wilderness to travel to.
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6 Responses to F is for Forum.

  1. Superb post. Makes me want to go to Rome (I’ve not been there yet). Thank you for this.

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    • Many thanks mate, really appreciated. Accept that you’re going to overcharged and crowded and just enjoy it for what it is. You wont be disappointed (well, I hope not anyway, it’s an incredible place).

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  2. Alex Hurst says:

    Love this. it’s great to see a view of Rome that isn’t the Coliseum! I’d visit the places you photographed in a heartbeat! Somehow, they remind me of Chaco Canyon in the U.S., though it’s a totally different, not quite as industrious, culture. (Their ruins are actually in the shape of a map of constellations, which I find epic to no end…)

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  3. fayenorth says:

    I’m glad I found your blog through the Challenge. I too love to travel – Italy and France are my favourite destinations. But my visits to Rome have been too rushed. I think you need to take time to explore the city, as you have done, otherwise it can be overwhelming.

    Faye at Destination: Fiction

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    • Many thanks for the follow, apart from beer, travel is probably the thing I love to do most of all.
      You’re right, visits to Rome need to be slow and long. I go every year, and every year I find something I’ve not seen before, its the most amazing city.


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