|The famous House of Fendi in Rome's "shopping triangle"|
Most visitors to Rome make a pilgrimage to the Vatican, feeling the rapture of their faith and religious beliefs.
I'm all for that, of course, but I'm not Catholic and so a large portion of the beauty of the Vatican is lost on me.
However, I am a big believer of beauty for its own sake and I have a strong affinity for the authentic quality of certain Italian design houses.
I've purchased a few pairs of sunglasses from Fendi on previous trips to Italy and this time I only wanted to visit my beloved Casa Di Fendi, as a gesture of my undying affection. Sure, there are knock-offs on every street corner, but the true Fendi goods are so beautifully designed, they take my breath away. When I entered the building and tooled around the ground floor to the Sala di Scarpi (shoe room), there was a well-to-do woman busying several Fendi salesmen with requests for this stiletto and that mule... I watched her in my periphery as she pranced in front of the mirror.
I just had to sigh. Oh, to be her for that moment.
Sigh. Fendi. (*shaking my head, smile on my face*)
I ached my way through the masterfully displayed heels and leather ballerina flats and leopard print stilettos.
It cost nothing, and yet, it means the world to me, to know that beauty like that - designed simply to be beautiful - exists in the same world as I do.