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Babington Tea Rooms  by Karen E Camilleri

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Babington Tea Rooms, established 1893 Rome, Italy.
Nikon D90 18-105mm Views 116
Many thanks to Sandra who has kindly allowed me to use her poem in support of my image of Babington Tea Rooms.

Then,
gauche, poor, impressionable
all those young years ago
near the Spanish Steps
Keats’s house
and the fashionable Via Condotti,
our hands cupped against the hot Roman sun
we peered against the restaurant window
into the hushed sanctum of the bourgeoisie
dining amongst the potted palms
and wondered at its unattainability.

Now,
thirty long years on
not so gauche
not so impressionable
we casually enter
with nonchalant smugness
into its unchanged mediocrity
and find it offers only stale shadows
fading memories
and a momentary stillness
from the real life of the outside world.
Sandra G Lanteri, © Copyright 2010

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architecture, rome, italy, tea rooms, cat, streetscape, expat, coffee, tea

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  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 3 years ago

    Oh what a wonderful building and how great to go in there for a lovely high tea.

  • I did enjoy my visit, thank you for your great comment Karen. :))

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    LOVE THE BUILDING AND THE WORD THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN ALL HAPPINESS ALWAYS…Normajean.

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, photograph by me and wished I could lay claim to the fabulous poem, it is by Sandra Lanteri.
    cheers & peace Karen x

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 3 years ago

    You gave me such a pleasure imagine myself in there:D

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Tokiko

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Colleen Farrell
    Colleen Farrellover 3 years ago

    Fabulous find and capture! I’d LOVE to be there right now. :-)

  • Thanks Colleen, I appreciate your lovely words :)

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Great shot. there’s nothing like a nice cup of tea!

  • thank you Colin and you’re so right!

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 3 years ago

    Lovely image and a great poem to complement each other – when my daughter lived in Rome we didn’t visit the tea rooms but seeing your wonderful image I wish we had!!!

  • I appreciate your visit and lovely words, cheers Karen :)

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakover 3 years ago

    Such a neat old building…I like the poem too…great collaboration!

  • Thank you so much Lynne, glad you like it! :)

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • heznel
    heznelover 3 years ago

  • wow! thanks you so very much, it such an honour!

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Tania Palermo
    Tania Palermoover 3 years ago

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