“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”

9 Jul

Ancient ruins meet urban grunge in Rome. Everywhere the city seems to be crumbling. The faded glory of Roman temples is exaggerated by that of the tired buildings constructed last century, most in desperate need of a new coat of paint.

Humanity in all its rawness rages here in a rebellious fashion against the decline of greatness, like weeds bursting through cracks in marble and concrete. At street level Rainbow graffiti invigorates the aging apartment blocks that line the streets of Rome. There is a lack of pretentiousness here that makes the backpacker on a budget feel welcome to join in and savor the madness of the place.

Glance upwards and notice the skyline is dominated by the dome of St Peter’s Basilica, which has been preserved by law as the tallest building in Holy See. It’s beauty brings Oscar Wilde’s optimism to mind; “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

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2 Responses to ““We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars””

  1. Mum July 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    I love it!

  2. Geraldine August 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Hi Kristie and Alex
    Thanks so much for the postcard you sent us, it’s gorgeous
    Hope all is continuing to go well, look forward to reading the next blog instalment
    xo

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