Monday, June 18, 2012

Fruit Market of Rome

EV:  Monday, June 11th marked the beginning of the third week in Italy and the beginning of our trip to Rome for three days.  It was just like I expected and nothing like I expected all at the same time.  The hustle and bustle of ever day life was amazing to me even though I had been told a million times how busy it is in Rome.  It seems like every inch is packed with ancient ruins and monuments, delicious panino shops and colorful markets.  Our hotel for example was a short fifteen-minute walk to the Vatican on one side and a short walk from a busy fruit market on the other side.  One of the coolest things about the city I thought was the fruit market near our hotel.  It would start up at about seven in the morning, with the owners slowly and carefully setting up shop in the same spot they had the day before, and would be slowly torn down every afternoon around three or four.  It brought out the most diverse group of people, as well as a diverse grouping of any kind of fruit you could imagine and any type of flower your heart could desire.  The sellers could be heard from every turn yelling out at potential customers in any and every language imaginable.  It was the best place to grab a gelato from Blue Ice, sit by the fountain, and people watch for a few minutes.  Best of all, the fountain we would sit by was right by the flower stands that had every color of flower in perfect bloom.  It was the perfect way to start the day in Rome.

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