First Bike Trip
This was taken at Porta Portese, close to where are bikes are now stored. On Sunday in this area there is the largest flea market in Europe. Notice how I got the Queen to pose in the middle of traffic so she would be in sun.
The first half mile of the market is devoted to bike accessories - that is motor scooters and motorcycles. Not sure I have ever seen so many helmets in one place. On Sunday the street would be crowded with numerous stands selling everything. The striped bike path goes the length of the market but it cannot be used on Sunday.
Kentridge on the Lungotevere
This is an interesting art exhibit that is on the wall of the lungotevere built to keep the Tiber River from flooding. It is about ½ mile of what the artist terms `reverse graffiti'. The walls are normally black with dirt. The theme is the history of Rome. Notice how large they are. He power washes the area that you see as light making the art the remaining dark places. The artist is William Kentridge from South Africa. His art will disappear over time - not like Caravaggio, Bernini, Michelangelo and KX2 (www.kx2art.com
The Queen is standing in front of the representation of the Romans bringing back the menorah from the Temple in Jerusalem after they destroyed it in 79. This is the same as what is depicted on the inside of the Arch of Titus in the Forum.
This photo is from one the bridges over the river where you can see the entire installation.
...and at night during the opening where people walked by creating light shadows on the wall.
The Flower Dress
We did some window shopping and found this nice spring dress that we bought for the Queen to wear to the next formal event (or hash run) we do. You can see the sign on the window that indicates it was 30 percent off.
The plaque was especially dirty this time and when it gets like this the people do not even notice it against the black basalt stones. We are always amazed that after we clean it up lots of people notice it and stop and look at it. Unfortunately, explanatory writing is in Italian and Hebrew so there is a limited number of people who understand what it is about. This time there was a couple looking at it and we cleaned it up and they waited to see it clean and asked us about it. We hung around for about fifteen minutes asking people if they understood what it was about and if they did not know we would tell them. For those who do not know in 1550 the Vatican made the Jews move into a ghetto in Rome. At the time most of them lived in Trastevere, across the river. In 1553, the Vatican made them bring all their holy books to Campo where they were burned. This plaque commemorates that day.