Sunday, 12 February 2012

Summer evenings in the streets of Rome, the crowds come alive, the metro is closed

We never could have imagined this. Normally we don’t walk in the streets of major cities when it is dark but we had no choice. We came from a restaurant and the metro was closed at 21:30!!! How is this possible? Who came up with this idea, leaving the Italian tax investments in a metro network unused for many possible peak hours each evening and early night. You don’t have to be bright to know this is not the best financial decision on the back of the Italian society.

After a hot day, it cools down and the crowds come alive. The streets are packed with people, shops stay open and the disco music boosts out of the speakers. You can hardly pass. Have you ever seen such crowds outside without special event?

Dit konden we ons echt niet voorstellen. Normaal wandelen we in grote steden als het donker is maar we hadden geen keuze. We kwamen terug van een restaurant en de metro was gesloten om 21:30!!! Hoe is dit mogelijk? Wie heeft er dit bedacht, het niet gebruiken van het metro netwerk gedurende de avond. De Italiaanse bevolking heeft hier in geïnvesteerd met hun belastingbijdragen. Je moet geen financiële hoogvlieger zijn om te beseffen dat niet het beste beleid is op de rug van de Italiaanse belastingbetaler.

Na een hete dag, koelt het ‘s avonds een beetje af en het volk komt op straat. De mensen massa stroomt door de straten, winkels blijven open en de disco muziek barst uit de luidsprekers. Je geraakt er amper door. Heb je ooit zoveel volk op straat gezien zonder dat er een evenement plaats vindt?.

Rome at night
Rome at night
Rome at night
Rome at night
Rome at night
Rome at night
Rome at night
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12 comments:

  1. Mooie sfeer opnames van Rome.....fraai gedaan Filip

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  2. I was going to suggest a taxi, but ummmmmmm. Yes the crowds around the spanish steps are unbelievable. It was the first thing I ever saw on a short walk after arriving in Roma. Doesn't anyone stay at home in rome!!! Great shots of this. Hope your walk was not too long.

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  3. Wat een sfeervolle opname's!
    Ziet er gezellig maar wel erg druk uit.
    Groetjes Cristien.

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  4. Wonderful shots of the eternal city. One of my favorite places!

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  5. Yes, the best way to enjoy a summer evening in one of the world's most beautiful cities!

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  6. ooh those shots are unique!

    i'm impressed!

    have a great week ahed.

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  7. I am impressed with the amount of people hanging out like that! The street is literally filled up!

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  8. Ah, this reminds me of when we went to Rome! The streets were so busy at night. We went out for dinner each night and walked home through the busy streets. Our hotel was just around the corner from Piazza di Spagna.

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  9. Wow, that is a lot of people! Looks like a nice night to come out to enjoy the weather and nightlife. I hope you were able to eventually get back to your hotel.

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  10. the city can not be at all compared with the empty Dutch streets after 18-19h...its the Mediterannean style of life and enjyoing being outside:-)

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