Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I look too straight!

So I've come away on a short business trip. In the evening although I'm not in the mood for cruising, I'm not going to sit alone in my hotel room all evening either, so I decide to take a taxi into the city centre. It turns out that the taxi driver can speak some English, and after a bit of polite conversation, he asks the inevitable question:

"I take you special night club, you have good time there?"

I suppose I could have asked him for a gay night club instead, but I decide against it. No doubt all the special night clubs will tip taxi drivers who bring them clients, so there wouldn't be any benefit to him in taking me to a gay place!

Anyway, after a pleasant supper in the touristic centre of the city, I decide to take a few nighttime pics and post them here. Can anyone guess where I am, or for extra points identify the buildings or statues in the pictures?


10 comments:

John-Arne said...

Rome ...

etre-moral-etre-sincere said...

even those who never visited Rome (like me) can recognize the Pantheon ;-)

GB said...

Indeed :-). I didn't pretend that it was going to be hard to identify the locations!

GB xxx

One More Nine said...

Unless I'm mistaken, the fountain's in Piazza Navarro, just round the corner? Only been to Rome for a day. Must go back. No clue what the scene's like there, though I imagine the men are gorgeous.

GB said...

You're close One More Nine. To get the points here, though, you needed to say Piazza Navona :-). As far as I can tell, all references that I found to Piazza Navarro in Rome using Google are mistakes, they should be Piazza Navona!

GB xxx

One More Nine said...

So near and yet so far! I'd remembered it as Navarro and googled it, too :-) Came up with the right pix.

Still, the other day Google Maps told me that the fastest way from Euston to Soho was to drive down TCR... the wrong way!

Just goes to show!

S said...

You've got to be kidding :P

Nine said...

Nope, not kidding. I've given up with it around where I work as it gets all the one way systems wrong and doesn't realise that some of the roads have barriers across them!

Off topic! Apologies!

mym said...

The fountains are both in Piazza Navona, both are by Bernini, the first is the Quattro Fiume (which I am glad to see is out of its scaffolding again) the second the del Moro.

I have to go to Rome again soon.

Diogenes said...

And Piazza Novona is the odd shape it is because it was built over a Roman circus.

Supposedly one of Bernini's figures in the fountain is holding his hand up, palm facing out in disgust, toward the church designed by Borromini. Purportedly Bernini's comment on its design.