Sunday, August 10, 2014

"When in Rome" Day 1: The Pantheon

Next stop, The Pantheon! The Pantheon is a temple dedicated to the pagan gods of Ancient Rome (Pan-theon = All gods). Built under the reign the Emperor Hadrian, The Pantheon was the most preserved and most influential structure in Ancient Rome.

I want everyone to understand how large this building is. The doors alone are 21 feet high! I couldn't fit the entire height of the structure in my camera frame (I even crouched to the ground to no avail.) When I turned the corner I couldn't believe it was real. It had its own real life filter. Thankfully it wasn't as packed as the Colosseum. I had space to breathe - plus it was free admission. Above the pillars read an inscription "M. AGRIPPA.L.F.COSTERTIUM.FECIT meaning "Marcus Agrippa son of Lucius, having been consul three times made it” in reference to Marcus Agrippa who built a similar pantheon but it burned to the ground during about 40 years prior. The reason behind Hadrian dedicating his structure to his predecessor is unknown. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

"When in Rome" Restaurant Review @ Al Gladiatore, Roma, Italia

When in've got to try the food!! After the Colosseum, we went walking around looking for something to eat. We wanted "real Italian food" for a "real American price". We'd been advised not to go to the restaurants so close to any tourist attraction because everything on the menu would be over priced. So we began our search for a great restaurant. As we were walking a waitress stopped us and immediately started pointing out all their pizzas and pastas on their menu. Maybe it was the hunger, or the good ol' tourist spirit but we grabbed a table..right behind the Colosseum. (how much closer could we get!?)

Friday, August 8, 2014

"When in Rome.." Day 1: The Roman Colosseum

It was my first day in Rome, Italy for the very first time. I was excited!!! Our first stop was The Roman Colosseum. First things first, The Roman Colosseum was built in year 80, by Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian. The Colosseum held about 55,000 people in its prime, and hosted many gladiator and wild animal fights for the public to see. As I got closer, the more excited I got. When I reached the entrance, all the excitement turned into frustration! There were sooooooooo many people! Thousands of people trying to get through one entrance. I've NEVER seen anything like it before. It made Times Square feel like an empty sidewalk. (I'll never complain about NYC tourism again!) I'm pretty sure this was a fire hazard for all these humans to be congested in one area like this and we'd been warned by everyone to be aware of pickpockets, so all I could think was "somebody's trying to get got out here"... Did I mention that there were strollers!? I couldn't.

To get inside with no hassle, you need a pre-purchased ticket. But no one tells you that till you're already #2,376th in line! 

This is the Arc Of Constantine, but I want you to look at the sea of people are trying to enter into the Colosseum. This was only my right side!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Outfit of the Day!

Salutations de la Suisse mes amis! Greetings from Switzerland my friends!! If you haven't checked out my previous post, I'll be here in Europe for about 3 weeks, exploring these neck of the woods. As of now, I'm in Switzerland soaking in all the fresh air. Switzerland is covered in green grass and trees. The air is so clean here!
 After finally getting settled in after two days, (and a very long nap) I was ready to take some photos!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Wait Is Over!

         Hello everyone! It's been such a long time since I've posted, and it sucks to have left you guys on such a somber note with the passing of Dr.Angelou, but the wait is over! For the next three weeks I will be posting from Geneva, Switzerland!! Look forward to OOTD, Restaurant Reviews, Tours, and Leisure posts from my new segment on the site: HerNeckOfTheWorld!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

No One's Left

This week the world was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dr.Maya Angelou. And while I was shocked to hear that she was no longer with us, it was in that moment more than ever that I had an episode of self reflection.

I think because we are young, we foolishly convince ourselves that we and everyone else that matters - in some weird Divine defying way - are immortal. We all know that death is inevitable, but a lot of us (including myself) feel like certain people wont ever die.. or atleast they're not supposed to. It sounds crazy, but Dr.Angelou was supposed to live forever, just like Bernie Mac, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles were to stay alive. But they're gone. We're losing all of the people we've looked up to. The question that keeps pounding in my mind is "Who's left??"

Friday, May 30, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Memorial Day!

 Memorial Day Weekend was really chill this year. While many were away, I stayed in Brooklyn and hosted a BBQ with my Youth Group. What made this Memorial Day so amazing was that it was 87 degrees! The Summertime that we'd been praying for had finally appeared and I was ready! The toes came out, the twist out behaved and I was ready to catch some color!