Sunday, March 23, 2014

plate street name

Vatican Square

I'd like to share two pictures which I took last week while I was in Rome for job: The first is about a seagull walking in the middle of Vatican square. Vatican square is located about 30 Kilometres East from the sea! How can that seagull go there? The second one shows a snapshot of one of the main streets of Rome without cars or trams. In addition to the subway, Rome's urban environment offers beautiful streets to be walked. 

Via Ottaviano, Rome

Marienkirche, Berlin

I have been reading many posts about benefits of running, such as cardiovascular health, endorphin production, enjoying environment and so on. And with regards to this topic I would like to highlight another benefit that I have recently thought: running through the urban environment in the early morning gives us the opportunity to discover some details of the town such as corners, particular buildings and landmarks. Of course, we couldn't see those things while we are driving or going shopping. For instance, the third picture here above shows a small church that I discovered (and I took the picture) while I was running along Berlin's streets in the early morning. It's Marienkirche and it is one of the things I like most about Berlin because it wasn't distroyed during the II World War. I discovered it thanks to running.

Borgo Odescalchi, Civitavecchia

Last week while I was doing a warm up session, I saw a particular plate street name which I had never seen before. It indicates the name of an old Civitavecchia's neighbourhood. Names of streets are written on white marble plates in Rome and surrondings.
There are beautiful plates with the names of the most important streets around the world and each town has its typical colours and specific written characters.
Rue de Seine, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris

The picture here on the left, which I took in Paris (Saint Germain des Pres) three years ago, shows a typical French plate with the name of the street. 

I'm so curious to see some plates street name of the towns were you (blogger friends) live. Could you post a picture of a typical plate from your town? Of course, only if you have time. I took the two pictures of the plates  (Borgo Odescalchi and Rue de Seine) while I was running and you could do the same.

I am still trying to maintain my running shape: this morning I ran 15 km at 5 minutes per kilometre and this running session may be useful for the next race.

Nice week to everyone!


Kenley said...

Thanks for sharing this. Where I live, it's 100 miles from the coast and we will see seagulls (tons of them) hanging about at stores come warmer weather time. Hoping all is well man. Take care.

Amy Crawshaw said...

We also regularly see seagulls here, mainly in winter when it's really cold (we are a little over 100 km from the North Sea.) I always imagined this was because the fish go into deeper waters when it is cold, so there is less food available near the coast, but I have no idea if this is the real reason.

I'll post a picture of a street name plate as soon as I can (and remember to take my camera with me on a walk)!

ajh said...

I like street names too. I will take interesting ones when I see them. WE call them street signs. Running is a great way to see things. I saw a great sign yesterday while driving though in a place I never run.

Johann said...

Thanks for sharing this! It is very interesting. I watched the Rome marathon yesterday and saw many wonderful places. I will definitely take some street name pics. We don't have fancy ones though. We have seagulls here in Johannesburg as well. 600km from the coast!

Anonymous said...

Rome is so gorgeous, we were recently watching Spirit of the Marathon 2 with my 9-year-old, and he was in awe of it!

Char said...

They're beautiful street signs. Ours here are just bits of white aluminium with black writing on a metal pole. Not very interesting at all.

HalfCrazed Runner said...

Beautiful street signs. The streets look so clean!

Fran said...

My town is at the water and we have too many seagulls at the moment (and too many gooses and ducks too).

I have the same as you on my walks, I see so much more things. When I run I focus on running and don't really look around me (besides outside the town there isn't much to see).

Black Knight said...

Vuoi che ti metta qualche foto della città dove vivo? E magari di Napoli dove sono stato recentemente?
Preparati, altri 15 giorni ed il Cavaliere Nero farà giustizia di tutti quei gaglioffi che infestano la nostra contea.