Pretty Yellow Things

Well I finished the David Hewson book – The Seventh Sacrament – last night in a marathon “I’ve got insomnia so I might as well read” session. He’s a damned good read and because its set in Rome I have a fairly good idea of the geography of the action.

On the medical front there were a few more tests today with negative results but tonight started the English salts segment in preparation for the Endoscopes tomorrow – and it ain’t been fun. So because my snow bound friends in North American need a little cheering up, a few of my blog buddies are in need of a bit of colour and I have to keep what’s left of my mind occupied – here’s a Spring Windows display from one of the local bakery-candy shops just down the street from us.

Hidden somewhere in amongst all that yellow are bonbons, Easter eggs and all sorts of goodies. I feel better already.

04 marzo – San Casmiro

The Traditions of Christmas – Christmas Windows

Our friend Joanne was here last week for a conference but we managed to get together on Friday for the day. She was staying downtown near the Colesseo and as I head up Capo del’Africa to her hotel I was greeted by the sight of Gladiators and Senators heading to work. Anyone who has been to Rome will know what I mean – the guys in costume who stand around the Colesseo and Foro trying to pull you in for a bus or guided tour. These guys are probably in more vacation photos than bartenders in Jamaica but there they were trudging to work, swords and laurel wreaths in hand, like every 9 to 5 Joe.

Joanne has been to Rome before but it gave us a chance just to amble along taking a look at the odd thing here and there. Our walk down a side street off Corso lead us to a pastry story that has this incredible chocolate and spun sugar Presepe or crêche in the window:
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Just as we were entering Piazza Navona we saw these two windows in a children’s store (that Joanne and I reflected in the window):

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10 decembre – Nostra Signora di Loretto

Parma – Goodies

I’m a sucker for pastry and candy store windows; not that I’m a big sweet eater – okay I’ll have just one more marone glacé, thank you!

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Okay I know its not chocolate but I still drool over Vitali shirts. Birthday’s coming up – neck size 16, arm 34 if anyone should ask.

(photos taken) 27 ottobre – San Fiorenzo e 28 ottobre – SS Simone e Guida