Saturday, August 18, 2018
11.09 a.m. – I woke up slowly, then quickly because I realized I overslept.
11.15 a.m. – Drank a small coffee made from a Moka with Diana and her sister. Eat a small breakfast.
12.30 p.m. – Arrived at Villa Borghese.
Villa Borghese is a massive garden in the middle of Rome, the third largest park in the city. Inside it holds Gallerie Borghese, a replica of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre, a pond with happy people riding in happy little boats, the city zoo, and a gaggle of geese.
My friend Diana, who I came to visit in Rome for a few days, her sister, and I, spent an hour and a half covering the entire garden. Our cheeks were red from the sun beating down on us and beads of sweat ran down our back. Butterflies and tiny insects buzzed around our heads, which made us feel like we were in a big forest, not a metropolis in Europe.
We walked under more arches than I could count, each with impressive statues of historical figures, inscriptions, and artistic designs. Every time we went through an arch, it felt like we were reaching a new corner of the gardens.
In a low valley behind the zoo, we sat on a bench and watched the people walking by. Old women came with their dogs, who were so excited and happy to be running in a beautiful open field. Two dogs, one large and one small, came up to us to say hello.
A simple Saturday afternoon. No stress, except for that on my sore ankle. Cold drinks, close friends, and a DSLR camera that will turn out some nice photos in a few days.
A day well spent. x
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