How to guarantee strange looks from every person standing near you:
Take a flowery, china teacup, set it down on a 2000-year old ruin, and proceed to take a picture.
Then be prepared to explain yourself.
The choices for a Teacup Tale shot in Rome were endless. There were so many great sites.
I settled on two.
First, my SGTC teacup came to the Colosseum. Finished in 80AD, the Colosseum is still standing. Not completely, and not in the state it was enjoyed in all those years ago, but it’s there.
We joined a walking tour to explore it early in the morning. As you can imagine, it gets quite busy, and at this time of year, pretty damn hot. We spent a while walking through the interior, before stepping outside into the seating areas. This was my photo op.
I’ve become used to setting up the teacup for pictures in random places (on top of mountains, in front of waterfalls, in small Italian villages), so I forget how odd it must look. This time I was reminded. My entire tour group, plus any others near by, just stared. I heard one couple behind me: “Where did she get that? She must have bought it with her. What for?” Then I had to tell the story of my teacup.
Then I had show people photos of the teacup, and I have more than 2000 pictures on my camera at the moment so that took some searching. Everyone loved the idea, which was nice.
The next day I took the teacup to Vatican City. Neither the Vatican Museums or the Sistine Chapel were good places, so I was thinking of St. Peter’s Basilica. Then our guide read the rules: “No strange photographs”. I didn’t know whether photographing my teacup inside the Basilica was “strange” but I didn’t want to find out. The Swiss Guard may be dressed like jesters, but I doubt they enjoy jokes.
So I settled for outside: