Friendly Friday revisit

Amanda posted her Friendly Friday photo challenge just as I was getting ready to leave for Rome. When I saw that the theme is revisit, I took it as a sign and returned to 2012 when I was here first and had no way of knowing that I’d return as often.

Do you know what I’m doing in the picture above? That’s right, I’m throwing a coin in the Fontana di Trevi. If you believe the myth, this act will bring about your return to Rome. Do not throw that coin if you don’t wish to come back. Because you will.

When I agreed to visit amore upon his invitation, I was in a relationship and moving to Italy was the last thing on my mind. Let’s just say that life moves in mysterious ways. It might have been that coin after all.

But if you look at these photos, it’s obvious. The smiles were here to stay.

With the purpose of answering the call of this challenge, I have chosen photos that show locations or acts that I have not revisited or redone since. Do not mistake it for a complaint. Not only the first time can never be repeated, but if I throw another coin in there, the magic might end.

Greetings from Rome and have a friendly weekend.

Oh, and if you have a good look at the photo above the Fontana di Trevi one in the gallery below, you will notice the poster saying Senza paura, which means No fear. It was the first thing I saw as I exited the Termini train station upon my arrival that first time.

And today I drove into Rome like a boss, myself, without a fear, with bestia in the back, to spend the weekend with amore and his father. Who would have thunk.

So, what all I have not seen since:

Below is the logo for her mother’s challenge that Amanda’s daughter made, and next Friday it’s again The Snow Melts Somewhere’s turn to host the challenge.

For Friendly Friday Photo Challenge hosted by Amanda from Something to Ponder About


  1. Fantastic post, Manja! I learnt quite a bit about you. First I would never guess that you are any introvert, like me. Wow.
    Second, that the scorching sun bothered me. Thirdly, you love pizza.Like me. So much in common.
    Isn’t it funny how we have attractions in familiar places that we overlook and don’t visit. I find there are places I only take tourists to but don’t visit myself and am pleasantly surprised when I do go.
    Why haven’t you been inside the colosseum? Too many tourists? P.S. I have not been to Rome.
    Fantastic collection of photos for Friendly Friday. Thanks for using my daughter’s logo. She will love that.

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    1. The older I get, less heat I can take. But in this case it was amore and his concept of “walking” that didn’t agree with reality. 😀 Italians don’t walk, especially if they can drive. The Colosseum has been waiting for so long, it can wait for me a bit more. 😉 It’s just stones, amore says. And he was only inside once just recently, for work. He is electrician and some works had to be done. 😀 And pizza, well… pizza is pizza. 😉 Thank you for your attention and recognition of similarity. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Norm. 🙂 We did well. You are always welcome back, Roma can’t wait. Oh, and amore told me about the third photo, where I say I have no idea where that was: It’s just outside of Termini! It’s exactly that cathedral with peculiar surfer doors we visited about a month ago! The one that was closed where you were here. How strange. Also, today it’s raining so much that everybody is asleep except for me. No strolling…

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      1. He! I don’t think I even have one. I have been compared to Brooke Shields (but that was by mom) and Geena Davis. 😀 I like Patricia Arquette, for example. Oh, and Susan Sarandon. I can’t think of anybody else. 😦 More recent actresses I only know by face, if!

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      2. Oh, I can see Brooke Shields and Geena Davis in you. I’ve been compared to Uma Thurman many times but I think she looks a bit weird so I always get a bit uneasy, hahah 🙂 My favorite actress might be Audrey Tatou, there must be others too but I honestly can’t remember any right now!!! 😀

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