Failed attempts at looking cool: The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

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Jul 25, 2011

I was looking through my photos of Rome from my trip last spring, and I realized something: it is impossible to look cool while tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain. Behold:

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

This is not flattering.

Oh, dear. That’s close-enough, I think. No need to zoom any further to understand my point …

Hey, what are you doing? I said there was no need to zoom in any –

Damn it.

Sigh. It’s like I said – no one can look good while tossing coins into that fountain (especially not me).

But tradition says you absolutely have to do it. You toss a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, and supposedly this guarantees that you’ll return to eternal city again. Personally, I think it’s all a big ruse to make the tourists look like morons. It works perfectly, too. Even my husband, who has this annoying tendency to look absurdly suave ALL THE DAMN TIME, looks a little goofy.

I mean, relatively speaking.

On the plus side, while you can’t avoid looking like a goober as you hurl your last Euro into the fountain, it’s very, very easy to look cool anywhere else in Rome (I’m convinced this is part of why the Italians always look so fabulous: setting). Check this out:

And this:

Sigh.

And this, too:

In fact, I daresay that not a single terrible photo of me was taken in Rome outside of the ones snapped in front of that damn fountain. In every other single picture I look composed and classy and …

Sigh. Okay, fine. Maybe the Trevi fountain isn’t actually to blame here. Perhaps I’m just a goober who really can’t take a good photo to save her life. And I’m definitely not cool enough to go running around Italy with Rand. But can I still go back to Rome? Please?

I mean, I did toss a coin into the fountain, after all.

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  • Love the photos! I think the Leaning Tower of Pisa is my fave. Will always remind me of Fibonacci. xoxo michele

  • Cat

    Wait up there lady- you’re putting all the blame/credit on the subject of the photo. Who’s taking all these suave photos of Rand? Who’s timing is off and always catches you with your eyes closed or before you compose yourself?
    This is why you should take at least 3 photos in each pose, after the first one you say “I wasn’t ready”, after the second one you say “why did you take that while I was still yelling at you?” and then by the third one he’ll be cowed into taking a better photo.

    • Everywhereist

      I … I had not considered this. Blaming everything on Rand is a safe, fun, easy way to make myself more attractive. I WILL DO IT!

  • You two absolutely kill me. I nominate you and Rand as People I’d Most Like to Travel With (or rather People With Whom I’d Most Like to Travel as I’m a grammar nerd) or maybe even People With Whom I’d Like to Get Stuck in an Elevator Because I Need Serious Distracting from My Overwhelming Claustrophobia and Onset of Panic Attacks. I could probably think of another 100 or so superlatives to stow upon you two as you’re just so darn cute.

    • Everywhereist

      Yay! I get claustrophobic, too! (Not sure why I included a “yay” in that. Perhaps it’s fun not to be alone in this sinking ship? Yes, that’s probably it.)

      Funny thing, though: the one time I did get stuck in an elevator alone was not a big deal. My phone worked, I could hear everything going on on the other side, so I simply called my supervisor for help on my cell. 25 minutes later I was out. I took an extended lunch, though. I had earned it, I figure.

  • Your bravery is impressive.

  • Hey, if you ask me, the tossing-coins-picture? It’s actually quite cool.

    And that’s something I didn’t do when I was in Rome >.>

  • It does work! I tossed a coin in the fountain when I visited Rome with my mother after graduating high school, and then I ended up going back to visit while I was studying abroad in Paris. You’ll return!

  • Susan

    Great photos! You’re making me want to go back there STAT!

  • Well, at least you shirt is really pretty!

    (kidding)

    (sort of)

    • Everywhereist

      Because it IS pretty, right? YES. I wear bright patterns for a reason.

  • Nicky

    But at least you now DO HAVE TO GO BACK TO ROME – to get the perfect picture! Tried this last year with my own Best Beloved. Night drew in and camera batteries eventually went flat… and I have just looked back through my own pics of our visit and I find not one picture of that damn fountain.

  • This is SO EPIC.

  • I enjoyed seeing the pictures!
    Wanting new pictures sounds to me like a good excuse for traving back to Rome. 🙂

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