For the longest time I dreamed of a wild adventure in Italy. In April 2008 that dream became an extraordinary reality.
We arrived in Rome, jetlagged after two very long flights from Australia. So we jumped on the open air Tourist bus to take a look around. It wasn’t long before we got tired of seeing the picture postcard tourist sites and jumped off to go exploring the back streets of Rome on foot.
Down one of the historic side streets we found a beautiful secret garden. At first we weren’t sure if it was a private sanctuary or business entity as it was so quiet. In the corner under a magnificent tree, a talented craftsman quietly sculpted his wares. So captivated by his work, he never raised his head to acknowledge us and he never spoke a word.
So we tentatively explored his garden, tip toeing around the sculptures trying not to disturb the master at work. This photo is of the gate that initially captured our attention and filled our imagination with stories of oracles and gateways to other worlds. The heightened blue tones adding a magical quality to the scene.
In my imagination, this sculpture is a great oracle who peers into your heart to see where the truth lies. If you pass his test, the gates magically open into the wonderous world of il giardino segreto – the Secret Garden.
© chasingsooz 2008