Travel Photo Thursday | Beware Of The Romans

Travel Photo Thursday | Beware Of The Romans

I choose this week’s photo because it reminded me of an unpleasant experience that I had at the Coliseum in Rome.  My daughter and I were walking past and noticed men dressed in all of the Roman regalias and decided to take a pic or two.  Within no time flat, one of them came up to us smiling ever so broadly and started to put his arm around my daughter asking me to take a picture of the two of them.  Ok, I didn’t see that coming, but it was a non-sexual, drape around her shoulder position and she seemed unconcerned about it and thought it would be a great souvenir, so I did.

Imagine our surprise when he held his hand out after I took the shot.  At first, I thought he had taken leave of his senses, but he was serious and insistent.  He expected me to pay him for using my camera, SD card and batteries to photograph him.   I told him good luck with that and walked away.  At least, allow me the opportunity to offer you a tip before demanding one.  I decided to delete that picture anyway because it left a sour taste in my mouth.  So, word of caution….they ain’t dressed that way for nothing!  They expect to be recompensed.  Perhaps, it was my naivete, but it took me a little by surprise.  Be sure to take any and all pics from a distance and keep walking.


Beware of  ROMANS bearing gifts

Please note that this post was not meant to disparage Rome, but only to relay my own personal experience.

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Renee King
  • Keith
    Posted at 16:07h, 03 March Reply

    This photo immediately reminded me of a scene in the old Mel Brooks’ Movie, “History of the World Part I” when the Roman soldiers rush into the apothecary shop and ask the proprietor if he had seen a “pack of Trojans!”

    Thanks for the memories,

    • Renee
      Posted at 16:14h, 03 March Reply

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Oh, that’s the guts…..too funny! Thanks for making my day, Keith!

  • Average Traveller
    Posted at 17:40h, 03 March Reply

    You always have to be careful! One of my kids was enthralled by those silver robot people on the Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona. We encouraged him to offer her a coin and she was nice enough to give him a little trinket in return. It was a nice gesture with the best intentions I’m sure, but we regretted it when we found silver makeup all over his hands and clothes a few blocks later!

  • Nancie
    Posted at 17:42h, 03 March Reply

    Great shot Renee. Their red outfits stand out so nicely against the grey.

    I’d have been annoyed too. He should have told you before you took the shot that he expected compensation.

    Thanks for posting to Travel Photo Thursday.

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 19:30h, 03 March Reply

    I saw the Roman soldiers last year too, but didn’t want to pay for a photo! (That’s funny Keith! I love History of the World Pt 1. Haha)

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 20:54h, 03 March Reply

    Bummer of an experience. It’s so disappointing when you come across things like that, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing the tip. I’ll remember that. It does make for an interesting photo!

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 03:44h, 04 March Reply

    Yeah, I saw these guys out there when I was there as well. The photo you have above is the best photo you can have for them – from a distance. They are definitely a tourist attraction but for some people they can be a detraction from the Colosseum experience.

  • April Thompson
    Posted at 16:24h, 07 March Reply

    Same happened to me in Buenos Aires. Tango dancer urged me to take a photo with him when he saw us video taping his dance (and giving the group a nice tip). After my friend snapped the photo, he wanted 5 bucks…SIKE!

  • Turkey's For Life
    Posted at 12:38h, 09 March Reply

    Sometimes the tourist industry is just sickening isn’t it?! A lot of people grumble about ‘tourists’ but there are parts of the industry itself that need to take a good look and maybe have a rethink. What a shame you were left feeling bad about a photo.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:57h, 10 March Reply

      Thanks, Julia….it was a lesson learned….most definitely!

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