Rome 'n Roses [or I'll Be Bloggered!]

Well I'll Be Bloggered!!!

You might need to be an aussie to understand that humour.. but never mind.. I'm sure the overall meaning isn't lost on most of you..  Last week proved to be a bit of a debacle.. so I'm taking the opportunity to have a do-over..  Why the heck not!! Still a bit under the weather but my postponed birthday celebrations are rescheduled for this week [so hopefully I'll get my cake and eat it too] and .. as the great blogger mishap of 2011 ate my birthday post.. [and all your lovely comments]  it seems a do-over is in order... Important to get those wishes back out into the universe .. although I've revamped the images for your viewing pleasure... Don't won't to totally bore those of you who turned up for the first event..

Three Coins In The Fountain

For a bit of luck, I thought we could all have a virtual tossing of three coins in the fountain...  La Fontana di Trevi.. A must visit on any Roman adventure .. A majestic tribute to Neptune and the oceans he commands, one can't help but be mesmerized by the fountain's  baroque beauty.. Neptune takes centre stage, standing tall atop his watery chariot and is flanked by the goddesses of Abundance and Salubrity. 

Managing to snap a shot without someone's head, arm or camera blocking the view can be a challenge.. The place is constantly buzzing with tourists from every corner of the globe hoping to chance a glimpse of the baroque beauty immortalized in Fellini's La Dolce Vita.. Of course they may also be hoping to replicate that other film.. by tossing their 'Three Coins In The Fountain' ...

On my last visit,  not only did I manage my wish and coin toss, but was also delighted with a little midday entertainment.  An embarrassed gentleman crawled out onto the fountain in a valiant  attempt to retrieve an errant watch, inadvertently flung from the arm of a vigorous coin tosser!! It was one of those always hoped for but not often found moments.. Straight out of film.. a little bit patzo.. a little bit italiano.... The crowd lapped up every moment.. Audible gasps could be heard with every slip and slide that distracted him from his goal..  jovial laughter greeted the shoes & socks removal.. and cheers of applause brought a nervous smile to the worried face of our humble hero when finally he returned the errant watch to his tearful son ..  Of course the polizia also got into the act and I suspect enjoyed the spotlight as they 'orchestrated' the moment.

I couldn't have asked for a better memory of Rome. Life imitating art.. you would have thought Marcello himself had waded  into that fountain...  One of those moments when you felt connected to the strangers around you.. united in the childish joy of the moment.. Like I said.. a little bit patzo.. Somewhere I have a photo showing a bit of the days events.. Hopefully I will unearth it one day.. but for now I have the memories.. and this shot above.. thankfully free of tourists..

More Re-News
For those of you who didn't make it across before the blogger clobbering.. another post item that bit the dust  was the giveaway winners announcement.. Selected by Random Generator, the winners were;

The lovely Yvonne from La Petite Gallery
& the ever witty JG from Fatscribe

Have  A Lovely Week Everyone
I'll be back [sometime] later in the week with my Full Moon Post..

Arrivederci &

Image Source & Credits
All Photgraphy, Text & Artwork [BeingRuby©]


Splenderosa said...

Happy Birthday AGAIN!! I know the google debacle ruined everything. Beautiful post & roses. xx's

Travel Guide said...

Very nice Vintage Pictures And Arts Being Ruby :). I would like to travel one of this pictures mentioned :)

the old boathouse said...

Well Happy Birthday again my sweet if my wishes dissapeared. I am tossing a coin in my minds fountain for you...toss, wish, gone to the universe. xx Well done to the lucky winners. Love the pictures of your beloved Rome. Makes me want to watch Roman holiday again sigh. Hope this week is a better one my friend. Heres to another adventurous year with Julie/ Ruby xxxx

Sharon said...

Julie, Wishing you the best year ever. I'm thinking that the power of your wishes was so great even Blogger couldn't hold them. There sailing out past the Milky Way now. Get Ready!!!

I'm glad you did decide to revisit the lost post. These photos are bellissima!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Julie, I never had a chance to even see your birthday post....BON ANNIVERSAIRE MA CHERE!!!! You will have a wonderful time to celebrate, and we will be here for you! I hope you are feeling well and dreaming and creating about our favorite destinations does shape our perceptions and hopes and prepares us for when the time does come to revisit them once again. I hope that wish comes true for you dearest....just plop a coin in your wishing well.


Melissa said...

HB again from us all sweet Julie....
sometimes it's lovely to do things more than once!

Trevi & Roma....a wonderful tale...
Rome will forever be full of memories for me too...we went there last year with my british bestie and her husband...four of us...
Jane & I stood at the Trevi fountain & felt blessed that although our friendship had, at that time, only been two years long, it felt blessed and we knew it would be forever...

I am all enthused to get a copy of *La Dolce Vita* & *Roman Holiday* again now...thanks for the inspiration!

Happy monday to you....Melissa xx

Gina said...

Dear Ruby, Happy Birthday, I'll have a toast to you when visiting Italy this September. Loved your charming story.

Bonheur maison said...

Julie,feliz cumpleaños en la segunda oportunidad,entre mi escaso tiempo ultimamente y los desperfectos de Blogger de esta semana todos los comentarios vienen muy atrasados.Que tengas linda semana.Marina

La Petite Gallery said...

I hope you are bright eyed and bushy tailed by now.. Take care, Again Happy birthday.. yvonne

mermaid gallery said...

I love that dancing Neptune! He seems to be setting the pace for the tourists and for your it up birthday girl! sweet, young thing!...the roses are exquisite too!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

That was some blog mess!
Julie, these images are gorgeous. I am dying to go to Italy.
Italian architecture is my favorite by far.
I hope that you have a wonderful week!

michelle said...

Your photos are gorgeous Julie and I love your story! How fun would that be to be caught in such a wonderful feel good moment. I love when things happen like that, kind of brings a bit of magic back into this world. :)
Happy Birthday again to you and this time I hope the universe is truly listening!!

Karena said...

Julie a belated Happy Birthday!! Blogger was just a mess!

I can see you are ready for change. I love Rome & Roses the post and the images are amazing. Yes Paris first and then Rome again!

Art by Karena

Come and enter my New Giveaway from Serena & Lily! You will love it!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you, Julie!

Lovely post and story! I'm grinning from ear to ear here. :)


rjerdee said...

Happy birthday, Julie and what a wonderful Trevi fountain story! I can just picture it from your telling. I've been to the fountain, too, so that also helps with the visuals for your story!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Hi Julie

I'm so sorry I missed your birthday, many happy (late) returns! Just popped over to check if you are going to do a moon linky, I'll come back tomorrow

Renée Finberg said...

that is cool.
your sign off with the wish to move to france or a new place.....
do you remember when my mantra went on my sidebar?
it has all come true.
put it out will come to you.

ps i went crazy over the blogger cancer this past week.

alaine@éclectique said...

A happy, belated Birthday to you! Ahhhh, Rome! And the Trevi; we passed it every day in our quest for more delights of the magic city. We must go back...happy memories! Have a lovely week!

mermaid gallery said...

hi Julie, glad I could get a laugh on the other side of the world...but he really does look like he is getting down....swinging his hips, and just showing off! I'd throw money too! birthday it up big...and have fun! Susan

Pooch Purple Reign said...

i loved this post ! ....*sigh*.... lots of good memories of trevi !!
cheers to a fun birthday celebration
~pooch xx

Sue said...

Sometimes we all need to have a bit of a do-over! I think you can certainly do that during your birthday week(s)! I love those pics...the roses are breathtaking!

Angela Steyn said...

Julie, my husband is currently sitting at the desk opposite me looking at old rundown French villas that we can renovate... it's his latest dream! If he somehow convinces me to decamp to France you will have to come and stay with us in our new home!


Claudia Lane said...

love it Julie! Hope all is well now. Take care

Unknown said...

Bellisimo! lovely......smiles.Ciao!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous photos and splendid memories - the very best souvenirs to take from a trip! sounds like you had a wonderful time! We'll have to meet up in the Greek Isles (middle ground) one day and compare photos and stories!

Stephanie said...

happy birthday!! hope you have a great great day. these pictures are cool!

happy wednesday!

vicki archer said...

I am still smiling about 'I'll be bloggered'....xv

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Happy birthday Julie xox

I hope the universe delivers!!!

p.s love the joke lol you are so witty!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am in Florence, Not Rome... but I will throw my 3 coins in :-)

count it all joy said...

Happy, happy birthday Miss JulieRuby from me and Dave and all the Goofballs. This post made me cry happy tears...I felt like I was watching on as the Fellini moment was re-enacted. Girlfriend, you need to get a publisher! I so, so hope you get some new digs soon, I think we need a villa which is better suited.

I hope you're feeling better and had some yummy cake with your friends. Lots of love from Chez Joy! xoxoxo

p.s. when the kids ask one of us "Where have you been?", Dave invariably replies "To the Moon, Alice!". I thought you'd approve:)

Angie Muresan said...

A very Happy Birthday, Julie! I am wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness and countless trips to Italy. And perhaps one to the States so I get to meet you, as well.