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The year 2005 was a bit of complicated one for me due to a variety of reasons, mostly having to do with women. I'm not sure how the story in this entry and the following one will reflect on me, but I'm going to tell it anyway because it's true life. If you have followed my blogs and stories, then you may be familiar with some of the situations in my life, and if not I try to make my tales self-contained anyway. I was to attend a scientific meeting in Sicily this year and had tried to bring my girlfriend at the time, Regine, with me the previous year, but failed in some way I suppose due to her obstinance or my negligence, depending on your point of view. Nevertheless I wanted to make up for it and even though we had a rocky year together and were not technically dating each other, in a relationship, or a couple at the time I suppose. In fact, it was a topic of discussion between us as to what we actually were due to our problems.

Arch of Constantine
Maybe spending time in Sicily together we might discover that, and I thought I owed Regine that trip anyway. Well, around the same time I heard from a woman, Julieta, I had met in Verona in 2002 - See Verona pt. 2 (2002). I don't recall the sequence of invitations, but found myself inviting Regine to Erice and Julieta to Rome. What a situation I had made for myself. I wanted to spend time with Regine in Sicily, but also to spend time with Julieta in Rome. I was curious about Julieta and see was being complimentary to me as where Regine was not. No excuse I suppose for arranging things the way I did, but so I did arrange it that way.
Colosseum
A couple of songs by Chris Isaak have some relevance here though I won't try to explain why and leave it to you the reader to interpret. The first is "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" and the second is "Wicked Game".

I spent a few days in Rome, the first afternoon and evening plus the following day by myself. I met Julieta at the airport that evening and then spent the following day and the morning after at with Julieta. I had an ok time by myself roaming the streets of Rome and taking some photos. I enjoyed the time I spent with Julieta too and we had fun together. It wasn't enough to really get to know her, but we shared some attraction and that I cannot deny. We were Fortunata to spend the time we did I think.

Ruins of Rome
Nevertheless, it was a short lived rendezvous in Rome and I had to be off to Sicily to meet Regine. I don't know that what I did was a wrong thing. Regine and I were in troubled times and seemed not to be able to find ourselves together in a relationship with any regularity. I was curious to explore my options, as Regine was doing as well I am fairly sure. I tend towards self incrimination sometimes, when I knew full well Regine probably got what she deserved anyway for some of her behavior, which I will not elaborate on, but it doesn't make me feel any any better or that I didn't have her interests in mind too. I was trying to find what was best for me, instead of always doing what was best for someone else at my expense. This was actually a step forward in life for me, despicable though it may sound...

This entry covers my trip to Rome in June 3-6, 2005. I have some photos to share here, and you can enjoy a couple of videos if you like. The first is a slideshow of me and Julieta, enjoying our time in Rome together (See Fortunata In Roma). The second is a film I took of Julieta walking to the the Victor Emmanuele Monument, which is kind of cute (See Walking With Julieta). They will open in a new window for Youtube viewing. Enjoy! Erice 2005 is up next and a continuation in theme to this entry.

spocklogic says:
@Tong - Does sound a bit complicated, eh? You are right, and it looks like a movie, but not quite the story in "Roman Holiday", or is it? Remember in the movie the journalist and the princess fell in love, but he didn't know she was a princess when he first met her. The plot developed in a way where they helped each other, became friends, then fell in love. I'm not comparing my experience to a hollywood love story, but there is some sentiment to it...
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013
spocklogic says:
@Christine - The next installment is coming soon, and keeping my audience in suspense is part of the fun... Julieta did not know I was meeting Regine in Sicily. I and I didn't see any reason to mention it to her as Regine and I were on somewhat uncertain terms. As it turns out, Julieta was married too, though separated from her husband for many years and on uncertain terms it seems as well.
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013
sansan says:
This is a complicated plot.... looks very like the movie, but it is not "Roma holiday"..... :)
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013
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Colosseum
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Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
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Colosseum
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Ruins of Rome
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View from Palatine Hill
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Villa Borghese Garden roadways I
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Statue of Gogol
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A woman on Via del Corso
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Via del Corso
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Spanish Steps
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Gods of Rock Statues near park (P…
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Julieta - Trevi fountain
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Julieta with column of Marcus Aur…
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Column of Marcus Aurelius
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Pantheon of Rome
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Pantheon dome inside
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Pantheon columns inside
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Pantheon dome skyward
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View from the Pantheon
Columns of Hadrians Temple
Columns of Hadrian's Temple
Juieta - wondering where to now?
Juieta - wondering where to now?
Fountain (forget the name)
Fountain (forget the name)
Streets of Rome
Streets of Rome
Julieta at the Colosseum
Julieta at the Colosseum
Me at the Colosseum
Me at the Colosseum
Julieta & Me at the Colosseum
Julieta & Me at the Colosseum
Julieta walking I
Julieta walking I
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Julieta walking II
Looking back at the Colosseum
Looking back at the Colosseum
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Julieta smile with an extra arm -…
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Roman Empire I
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Roman Empire II
Roman Forum I
Roman Forum I
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Roman Forum II
Julieta at Roman Forum
Julieta at Roman Forum
Roman Forum III
Roman Forum III
Saint Lucas and Martina church (Sa…
Saint Lucas and Martina church (S…
Roman Forum IV
Roman Forum IV
Statue of Julius Caesar
Statue of Julius Caesar
Me and Julius Caesar
Me and Julius Caesar
Statue of Emperor Augustus
Statue of Emperor Augustus
Me and Emprtor Augustus
Me and Emprtor Augustus
Victor Emmanuel Monument from a di…
Victor Emmanuel Monument from a d…
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Julieta posing at the Victor Emma…
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Piazza Venezia - Domes in Rome (1…
Victor Emmanuel statues I
Victor Emmanuel statues I
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Victor Emmanuel statues II
A Centurion roaming around!
A Centurion roaming around!
Julieta relaxing
Julieta relaxing
Julieta enjoying the scenery
Julieta enjoying the scenery
Julietas hand
Julieta's hand
A pistachio nut (Recall the end of…
A pistachio nut (Recall the end o…
Julietas ring
Julieta's ring
Theres that Centurion again
There's that Centurion again
More Victor Emmanuel monument
More Victor Emmanuel monument
Victor Emmanuel himself in statue
Victor Emmanuel himself in statue
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CIVIVM LIBERTATI = Ciuium Libera…
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Poseidon or Zues? Always hard to …
Julieta fun I
Julieta fun I
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Julieta fun II
Julieta fun III
Julieta fun III
Domes of S. Maria di Loreto and S.…
Domes of S. Maria di Loreto and S…
Italian Statue of Liberty
Italian Statue of Liberty
Michelangelo steps I
Michelangelo steps I
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Michelangelo steps II
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Side view of Victor Emmanuel from…
Julieta cafe I
Julieta cafe I
Julieta cafe II
Julieta cafe II
Having a drink & cafe snack
Having a drink & cafe snack
Brian cafe I
Brian cafe I
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Brian cafe II
Brian cafe III
Brian cafe III
Capitoline Hill I
Capitoline Hill I
Capitoline Hill II
Capitoline Hill II
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Capitoline Hill statue with bird …
Me  at Foro Romano I
Me at Foro Romano I
Me at Foro Romano II
Me at Foro Romano II
Foro Romano I
Foro Romano I
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Foro Romano II
Foro Romano III
Foro Romano III
Foro Romano IV
Foro Romano IV
Saint Lucas and Martina Church (Sa…
Saint Lucas and Martina Church (S…
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Foro Romano V
Foro Romano VI
Foro Romano VI
Foro Romano VII
Foro Romano VII
Foro Romano VII
Foro Romano VII
Foro Romano sign
Foro Romano sign
Brian walking I (Julieta wanted to…
Brian walking I (Julieta wanted t…
Brian walking II
Brian walking II
Brian walking III
Brian walking III
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"No man can taste the fruits of a…
VIDEO: Fortunata In Roma
VIDEO: Walking With Julieta
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