When were you stalking my neighborhood?
Please answer this question! Who are these chaps? (both the black and the brown, but esp. the brown...)
pretty please! :-)
The fellow at bottom, in the black habit, as almost certainly a Benedictine.The fellows in the burlap sacks can be seen regularly haunting St Peter's Square and surrounding environs, though do not know who they are.To be perfectly honest, I am not entirely sure they are really in the bonds of religion.Cannonball?LD
Tonsure: hair today, gone tomorrow.Sorry, couldn't resist :)
And why is the tourist in the second picture wearing his backpack on his front? Is pickpocketing/stealing that rampant in Rome?
Yep, it (pickpocketing) sure is (rampant).He may be wearing it (the backpack) like that just 'cause he's an incurable geek, though.LD
Found the brown chaps.Why are Romance-language websites alway so graphically and structurally dreadful?
Re "frontpacks" - pickpocketing doesn't have to be rampant, one pickpocket is enough to cause one tourist, and all his group, a lot of hassle:-) I recommend the method to you for any future city touristing you have in mind.
That's why, when I travel, I use a messenger bag.I always carry my passport in a closed jacket pocket (no, I do not take the jacket off), and I use a front pocket wallet.In Rome, one generally has no difficulty with the gypsies responsible for the lion's share of pickpocketing (little old ladies are responsible for a considerable portion, as well), so long as one is able to convey to them that, should they try to hit you, they would permanently lose the use of the offensive limb, and so with great dispatch.LD
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