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Offbeat Rome

 

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A job at the Rome Tourism Board has to be one of the easiest gigs on the planet. Rome has existed for 2500 years. It has scads of Medieval churches, Roman ruins around every corner, and beautiful piazzas and fountains by the score. It’s the home of the Vatican and the Catholic Church, as well as three million modern Romans living a fast-paced, big-city life.

So saying that it’s an easy sell as a destination has to be the understatement of the century. There are so many wonderful things to see here, and I’m thankful that my camera is digital instead of old-school film.

We’ve been here a couple of days and are beginning to take in the sights, which means that over the next few days we will be busy blogging about the interesting, historical things we see. But this serious stuff won’t start now. Today’s blog is about offbeat Rome.

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Carrot Art. This guy was set up just outside the Coliseum, and if I hadn’t seen him carving the carrots myself, I wouldn’t have believed it. The artistry was amazing, and for all you skeptics, this is validation that art can also be nutritional.

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Roman Centurion. Being photographed is obviously tiring, but this photo also confirms that beer was a big part of the diet of the common centurion, and I’m not talking Cold Caesar Lite.

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Laundry Octopus. Everybody does laundry, but how many people seek help from an octopus. And just in case you’re curious, yes this is OUR laundry, and being on the road full time makes laundry a bigger deal than you might think.

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Horse Do Rag. This probably wouldn’t pass muster at the Kentucky Derby, but it works on this fine equine specimen.

Just some fun stuff!

Happy 11/11/11
James

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