April 4, 2013

Ostia Antica, Italy. November, 1986

How many tourists over the centuries do you think have had their picture taken here at these ancient toilets in the old port of Rome? Ostia, now far inland, used to be on the seacoast before silt and such robbed it of its enviable position as the chief Italian seaport of the Roman Empire. About an hour outside of the capital by train, it’s a wonderful, slowpokey activity for a Sunday afternoon, too far from the centro to attract many non-Italian tourists. I was mostly by myself here in autumn warmth and sunshine. So I suspect I set the self-timer on my camera, rested it in a fine spot and smiled with impunity. Hand sanitizer, anyone?

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