Sunday, 17 May 2009

历史大帝国 - 罗马 *The Greatest Historical Empire - Rome (Piazza Della Republica & Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri) (7 Aug 08)

去年的8月飞到意大利疯狂的走了12天。从意大利中部开始,在意大利的北部结束。我蛮喜欢这一次的旅行,12天里慢慢走、慢慢看、去学习及欣赏从未接触过的文化与风俗。

罗马的美超越我所想象!这里的人,在古老的国度里建造文明,这会是一个怎么样的国家呢?我真的很期待,我很想去体会。

其实让我最兴奋的无非是能参观世界7大奇观之一的斗兽场。我有一个梦想,希望能亲眼目睹世界7大奇观。泰姬陵是我7大其中一个最早圆的目标,斗兽场将会是第二个。

很多游客对意大利没什么好感,对意大利人也很不满。相反的,我觉得意大利人很热情,意大利为我留下了很好的印象。也许跟旅行团和自助旅行所得的待遇都不同吧?这就是自助旅行的好处。

对我而言,意大利什么都好,就是天气让我受不了。8月是意大利的夏季,也许因为这样,我感觉到这里的天气好像大马。至少在大马还好,从家里出来后就跳进车里吹冷气,到了目的地后到处都是冷气房。在这里就不一样了。想到人都来了,当然要好好利用这个机会出去看看走走。试想看,大白天,艳阳高照,我们竟然在大太阳底下走来又走去。。。差点中暑。。。还好这里到处都有免费的矿泉水。很奇怪的,每一个街边流出来的水源都是冰的!


Went to Italy in August last year. We spent 12 days travelling from centre Italy to north Italy. I realised that most Asians don't really like Italy and Italian. To me, Italy is the nicest place I have ever been and Italian are friendly and nice! Well... I guess what makes my experience different from theirs is: I went by my own, they went with tour group.

I was so excited when knowing we will be visiting Colloseum in Rome. That's a destination I wanted to go for so long. One of my dreams is to visit all 7 Wonders of the World. I have been to Taj Mahal, that was the first 7 wonders i 'concured', and Colloseum is next!

Everything was fine except the weather. We went during mid summer, the weather was hot and humid, I felt like I was in Malaysia! Imagine that we had to walk under the big sun all day long. Fortunately there were free mineral water every where, we could keep on refilling our drinking bottle and splashed some water on our body to cool down our body temperature. It's amazing that the water is always freezingly cold!


在飞机上拍的,那时候经过了瑞士。很漂亮的雪山。。。
This photo was taken while we flew across Switzerland.


这种东西在英国的厕所里看多了,在大街上看到还是第一次。意大利的街上很多地方都可以很轻易的找到。
Have you ever seen condom machine placed on a busy street? In UK, normally it is placed in the toilet, but in Italy - you could find them at every where!








小华超爱这首歌!
Hubby loves this song - Hotel California!



Basilica di San Maria Maggiore 是罗马四大教堂之一。这是在罗马里献给圣母最大的一座教堂。很可惜那个时候这座教堂正在维修中,我们没机会进去参观。
Basilica di San Maria Maggiore is one of the four major basilicas in Rome. It is the largest church in Rome dedicated to Virgin Mary. Unfortunately it was renovating, we didn't have a chance to visit this place.






Piazza Della Repubblica 是罗马相当著名的一个广场。只要搭地铁到Termini 地铁站就可以到这里了。这个广场被两栋半圆形的建筑物围着一角,对面的另一角则是Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri,广场的中间则是一个很大的喷水池 - The Fountain of Naiads.
Piazza Della Republica is a semi-circular plaza in Rome. The nearest Metro station is Termini Station. This plaza is surrounded by 2 blocks of semi-circular buildings (high fashion shopping mall) and opposite the mall is Basilica Santa Maria degle Angeli e dei Martiri. In the centre is Fountain of Naiads.



Fountain of Naiads




天气太热了,很多人都跳进水池里消暑。。。
The weather was too hot and this is what Italians do to ease the heat...



跳进水池后就来个街边日光浴。。。
After getting wet, this is what they do to dry up themselves....






这就是Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. 除了是个教堂之外,这里也是为了纪念教父Pope Pius IV而建的。教堂里面的建设很漂亮,可以媲美巴黎的先贤祠。
This is Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. It is also a personal monument of Pope Pius IV。The interior design of this church is facinating, it is as beautiful as Patheon in Paris.



进去教堂之前,我们发现了附近的一个花园里有一口打水机。本来我们还犹豫不决,到底应不应该取水。但后来瓶子里的水喝光了(太热了,口渴一直灌水灌不停),加上路边的人个个都是这样装水来喝,我们也有样学样装了一瓶。喝下去后,哇瑟!冷的也!过后就拼命装水、拼命喝、又再拼命装水,喝到肚子胀胀的,才感觉舒服了好多!我们不敢像其他路人一样跳进水池里,只有在这口矿泉水打水机旁边洗洗身体。很冰哦!大热天气那么一洗,爽!
Before going in to Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, we found a water pipe supplying free mineral water from the ground. We kept on drinking and refilling our drinking bottle, and of cause not forgetting to sprinkle some water on our body to reduce the heat...


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这位鬼佬和他的女友有够夸张的。。。。看到照片的右下角有一瓶沐浴露吗?就是!这两个老外竟然在打水机旁边用肥皂洗身体。哈哈哈!
Do you see a bottle of body shampoo on the most bottom right of this photo? This man and his girl friend were shampooing in the public... hahaha!!



轮到小华咯!
Hubby's turn....






Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.



教堂的其中一个大门。。。
One of the main doors of Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri...



教堂的另一个大门。。。
Another door....



配合教堂名字的天使艺术品。。。
Found an Angel statue in the church...









高贵堂皇的室内设计。。。
Facinating and breathtaking interior design...









Pipe organ






走到教堂黑漆漆的一角时,无意中发现了墙壁上挂着这个机器。为了节省能源,要是游想看这个角落的展览,游客可以投一欧元硬币,然后让电灯启动。
Accidentally found this machine in one of the divisions in the church. The division was a close area without much sunshine and without lights. If visitors are interested to see the exhibition, they will have to pay 1 Euro (insert to the machine) to turn on the lights.









走出教堂的不远处,看到了这个。天呀!我们竟然在36摄氏的大热天里在太阳底下走来走去爆晒!
No wonder it was so hot that day! It was 36 degree celsius. Saw this when we were on our way walking out from the church to the next destination.



老椰肉竟然卖1欧元1小片?这里的人都是吃这个消暑。。。
Very expensive coconut...


2 comments:

  1. Wow 36 deg. is really hot!!! I will not mind go naked on the street!

    The buildings are wholesome, though sounds very weird... Pizza de santa maria de geli, what, how you call it again?

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  2. Yes, it was 36 degree celsius, we were like walking in Sahara desert, it was damn hot! Most white musculine men were half naked (thank to God for giving me such a great oppotunity to see sexy six packs...hahaha!).

    Looks very sacred hor the buildings? :)

    The church has a very long name... frankly speaking, I don't know how the name is pronounced. Terrible me!

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