this is rome

Trevi Fountain

Confetti-ed cobblestones (wearing Topshop buckle boots, Primark dress, United Colours of Benetton Coat)

Walking down the Spanish steps at sunset

Watching the warm sunset seep through Via Condotti

The Pantheon at night

Enjoying the view at the ever so grand Piazza Venezia

The morning view from our apartment

The beautiful streets of Rome

Before the ever so long climb of St Peter’s Basilica dome

The Swiss guards at Vatican City

The Colosseum

Roaming (or should I say, ‘Roming’) the streets of Rome 

The view from inside the Colosseum (Wearing Sessun red wool coat, Topshop green knit jumper, Primark dress & Topshop buckle boots)

My boyfriend and I on our last day in Rome :’-)

Looking back, I think Rome was one of the cities I liked more than others. It may have been because I had no expectations and so my expectations were exceeded as by contrast in Paris, I had high expectations and it just didn’t quite make it (although it was still quite wonderful!). Or it just could have been because it was finally warm and the sunshine made everything seem better. Rome is so scenic and I didn’t expect that for some strange reason. We stayed just a street away from the Roman Forum and Colosseum and everywhere was quite walkable. We were only there for two days and being scammed almost three times and being on constant alert for pickpockets didn’t even come close to ruining my time there. In Rome, every corner you turn reveals a beautifully aged building or attraction. The city centre seems as if there are two parallel universes co-existing side by side – the ‘modern’ Rome with all its activity and the ‘ancient’ Rome with ruins scattered in the most random places. You’d be walking past a string of busy shops and cafes and all of a sudden there is a 2000sqm block of ruins. It’s so interesting to see these things next to each other and you’d imagine just how much history this eternal city has. Another thing about Rome that I found interesting (or just plain scary) was the fact that pedestrians rule the roads. Most zebra crossings don’t have pedestrian lights and so if you want to cross the busy roads of Rome, you just have to go for it. This is actually the same for the rest of Italy however there were no cars in Venice & roads in Florence didn’t daunt me so much as they were only one or two lanes wide. In Rome, the roads were huge and crossing the road was an often an experience of relief when you could walk in the shadows of a brave local OR frightening like a deer caught in the headlights as the cars often don’t brake until the very last second. My favourite places in Rome was Trevi Fountain – there was something about the place that was just magical – sunset at the Spanish Steps and seeing the Pantheon lit up in the evening. Two days certainly was not enough time there and I really can’t wait until the next time I am back.

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    Lydia Teo
    February 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I’ll be too scared to go to Rome cause of the pickpockets that I so often hear about! But it seems like a must-place visit before I die, haha! So beautiful!


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    Oona Viskari
    February 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful girl! I love your Benetton coat, where can I buy same kind of thing? 

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    February 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    such amazing photography! looks like so much fun!


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    Julia Smolnik
    February 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I think I’m the biggest fan of your blog, haha. All your posts are amazing! You’re so talented photographer, you’re so beautiful, you’ve got amazing style – you’re just perfect, haha! :D

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    February 20, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    oh wow! what a place! I’d love to be able to see Italy someday!

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    Adeline Yang
    February 20, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    oh yeah, that definitely is rome ;D
    beautiful pictures you posted! i wish i was there too hahaha

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    February 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Your travel photographs are so pretty! I love them. I agree with you in that Paris seem to not live up to people’s expectations and other cities “wow” tourists more. I loved Venice and cannot wait to go back to Barcelona. Now, I wanna visit Rome even more! Thanks for sharing your experiences here in Europe! x


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    February 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Great sunny post! And lovely outfit!


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    Phoebe Robinson
    February 21, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Oh when I went to Rome it was the height of summer and so very beautiful. So jealous of you! xxx

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    Luisa M
    February 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I’ve been to Rome quite a few times, but only ever in the Summer! It looks equally as magical in Winter!!! Love it <3 


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    February 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    There’s something very landscapey about your pictures and it just makes them pop even more. I am in more than slightly in love with your ankle boots and if I could afford it right now, I would. Yes, I so would :)


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    Dress To Cook
    February 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the boot! Beautiful outfit!


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    Ruth Lalliankimi
    February 22, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Beautiful photos- you’ve captured the greatest shots ever. I really enjoyed reading this :)
    I also love how you wore a Primark dress so well- really suits you :)

    Ruth x


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    Lady Vintage
    February 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Beautiful pics!

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    Lady Indo
    February 24, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Loved your photos! And loved your outfit. The view from your apartment window was just divine!


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    February 25, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    OH MY GOSH, your blog is so magical. I just spent so long looking through your photos, they are wonderful. Your life looks so fun. Definitely following you! <3

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    February 28, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    wonderful photos!!!
    reminds my own trip… <3
    it such a wonderful city with a fine architecture!
    Ilive in Paris, and the atmosphere is rather different in Rome, even if Paris has great places and architectures!
    And as always I love your outfit, your coat especially!

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