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  • Welcome to rambling tart

    I'm so glad you're here! My name is Krista, though my friends call me George, Phryne, Luna, FaFa, or Poppit, so take your pick. :-) I'm a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle.

    Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband Bear where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope we get to visit often as we share good food, great conversation, and the little things that make each of our lives worth living. :-)

Photo Essay: Rome in Black and White

“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy
is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery
back, back down the old ways of time.
Strange and wonderful chords awake in us,
and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.”
D.H. Lawrence

“Methinks I will not die quite happy
without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.”
Sir Walter Scott

“Italy, and the spring and first love
all together
should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.”
Bertrand Russell

“What is the fatal charm of Italy?
What do we find there that can be found nowhere else?
I believe it is a certain permission to be human,
which other places, other countries, lost long ago.”
Erica Jong

“There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.”
Fanny Burney

“Even now I miss Italy dearly,
I dream about it every night.”
Eila Hiltunen

If you could go to Rome tomorrow, what would you most like to see?




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  • http://www.anitalophile.com/ Cathy

    Beautiful post Krista. That is a hard one because there is so much that I haven’t seen. I would probably start with something familiar like seeking out the Pantheon. I love just standing there and looking upwards.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, Cathy! :-) I know how you feel. It seems like I’ve only scratched the surface of Rome. :-)

  • Turkey’s For Life

    Aww, lovely post and photos. They’re so sharp. Got many similar pics in my own collection – in colour, as yet. ;) Great idea to do them in black and white. It’s certainly a photographic city!
    Julia

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Mine were color too, Julia, but then I turned one black and white and thought ohhhh, I like this! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/bakerstreet29 Baker Street

    I’ve always wanted to visit, Rome and now after seeing your stunning pictures, its become a must! Absolutely amazing!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I’m so happy to hear that, Baker Street! I hope you have a fantastic time when you’re able to go. :-)

  • LaCuochina

    Ohh, my city!! Beautiful photos!!!
    Veru (www.veruskitchen.com)

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      How lovely to live in such a fascinating city, Veru! :-) Thank you so much for stopping by. :-)

  • Zita

    Wonderful post, Krista! It brought back nice memories (I was in Rome at the end of June)!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, Zita. :-) I’m so glad it brought back such good memories for you. :-)

  • LindyLou Mac

    Thanks for the reminder of that great quote from D.H. Lawrence and for such a great series of photos from Roma. I hope you will not mind if I try and link to this post from my FB News From Italy page Krista.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I’d be honored, @google-9c2cabc6737d76d3ba841e28d670a9c0:disqus :-) You can share it anywhere you like. :-)

  • Katja

    Beautiful, Krista. Lovely photos and a great selection of quotes – I particularly like the Bertrand Russell one.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, Katja :-) I was so pleased to find such good quotes to go with the pictures. :-)

  • bellini

    I was 18 wehn I was last in Rime so I want to see it all, but especially be off to the Vatican once again.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I’d love to hear your impressions of it now, Val, to see how they differ from your 18-year-old self. :-)

  • rosaria

    Brilliant.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, Rosaria! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/AndiPerullo Andi Perullo, L.Ac.

    Que bellaaaaaaaaaa!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      SO glad you like it, @twitter-112533047:disqus :-)

  • Emily McGee

    Beautiful photos (and quotes!). I’ve never been to Rome, but if I could go, I think I would just want to see the every day life that you captured in your photos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Rosa.J.May Rosa May

    Great clicks and quote! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I love those quotes. They made my morning!

  • http://twitter.com/brianapalma Briana Palma

    Gorgeous photos, Krista. I love that you accompanied them with the quotes. You’ve got me dreaming of Italy now!

  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    Love the quotes and the photos Krista. There’s something about B & W photos!

  • Jacqueline_at_Bliss

    Oh, these are breathtaking!! I’ve never been to Italy but long to … Thank you for bringing these images into my day, Krista. X

  • Bethany

    Lovely pics! We’ll be taking some of our own soon! Exciting times ahead!

  • http://www.anediblemosaic.com/ Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    Your photos are nothing short of magical, my dear. Truly lovely…I feel so inspired to go to Rome now, lol!

  • http://twitter.com/Ayngelina Ayngelina

    Gorgeous photos, it just goes to show the city is beautiful even without colour.

  • Guest

    This is a gorgeous tribute to possibly my favorite city in the world! Your first shot of the Colosseum is achingly perfect.

  • http://www.coffeestainedclarity.com Bethany Bassett

    (Sorry, that last comment was me… Disqus issues!)

  • thefisherlady

    astonishingly beautiful! must look again and again!

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!

    The inside of the ice-cream shop near the Spanish steps where I had the best pistachio ice-cream imagineable :) (but I do love the Pantheon beyond words too!) lovely shots – makes me want to go again…