Photo Diary: Storms in the Eternal City // Rome, Italy
It was near-silent. We each felt a sudden and distinct sense of urgency as the wind blew us on our bikes down a cobbled one-way street. A tornado alarm could have sounded and I wouldn’t have been surprised (read: sometimes I’m guilty of being a bit dramatic). The midday sun become quickly obstructed by dark, angry clouds as we parked our bikes under the eaves of a cafe and ducked inside.
Just like everywhere else, Rome is prone is angry, albeit brief, summer storms. Instead of mopping under an awning like kids at the neighborhood pool, we were in a cozy cafe with plates of fruita de mar (seafood marinara) with homemade pasta and fresh, still slightly salty, mussels and shrimp. Only in Italy does the silver lining of a disruptive afternoon storm compete with the original plan.
Eventually the storm passed and the city resumed it’s vibrance. We pedaled along the riverbeds, passing the Vatican, through the quiet neighborhood of Trastevere, and down the streets of centro historico after dark. All the while I teetered on my bike, snapping away these shots with my weighty DSLR. Dan warned me repeatedly, “Margo you’re going to drop that!” but I dismissed this comments. Anything for YOU, dear friends! 😉
Additional Note: I’m currently visiting my grandparents in Milwaukee right now. I asked my 86 year old Grandma (who, I should add, is making me go to the gym with her this morning!) for her tips on traveling to Rome, she shared: “Just make sure you tell people to wear good shoes. You’ll walk and walk. Sometimes it can get chilly at night, so bring a light jacket. If you get tired from all that walking just stop and have a cappuccino!” Thanks, Carol! 🙂
Have you ever had inclement weather derail your travel plans? What happened?
All images in this post were edited with Escape Presets: Lightroom Presets for Travelers