It's funny, I thought the obvious thing with this photo would be to crop out the odd pieces on the sides and bottom, but it killed the photo. Leaving them in made it less perfect, but more balanced or more interesting, or more something. This was an amazing day in NYC, with perfect spring weather and a long birthday walk from downtown up to Central Park.
The highway from Rome to Naples hits the beach at Terracina, which has its own roadside attraction in this huge rock cliff with the Roman Temple of Jupiter on top. I'm not sure we knew you could go up there, but I learned later that you can walk through it.
Here is a fuzzy, rainy close-up taken from the same spot as the first photo.
Somewhere between Rome and Naples ~ April 17, 2004
If you guessed it was a resort hotel in Cairo, you would be thinking along the same lines as I was, and we would both be wrong. It's a bank - at least the downstairs is. I loved seeing the occasional "came-out-of-nowhere" building, which usually also seemed to be sitting in the middle of nowhere, as well.
If all roads lead to Rome, then all roads also lead away from Rome. It seemed there were endless ways to get out of the city, and they were all confusing and jam-packed with traffic. I think I finally took this photo once we had cleared the madness and there was only one direction available. Time to breathe.
It's just a highway, and a dreary, rain-soaked one at that - or was it dreary? I realized that the trees looked different than I was used to at home. The buildings and even the cars looked different. The gas stations looked different. Everything looked different. This wasn't just another highway. This was Italy, and we were on an adventure.
Here's what I mean about "all roads." I'm not sure which one we were on, but we were going approximately south.
Leaving Rome, we walked under dripping clouds past magnificent flowering trees and the pale blue Fontana del Peschiera in the Villa Borghese on the way to pick up our rental car. After a memorable few days and many sights seen, we were heading down the coast. My photos between here and Naples were, unfortunately, mainly of the drive-by type. But there were several interesting sights, and I'll try to post them over the next few days.