I've been biking pretty regularly lately, and I've been loving it! I work from home, so the morning bike rides help to break my day up and provide some extra exercise. I live in Trastevere, so the Tiber River is near for me. I usually always ride down next to the river. There's no street traffic, only other bikers, walkers and runners. It's so lovely and peaceful being near to the water. Sometimes I almost forget there is a bustling city going on just above me.
In addition to the exercise, the rides have been great for me to gather my thoughts. I'm in the process of working on several upcoming projects, and it's nice to be able to think creatively in an open environment and not always at a desk in front of a computer.
I like to ride by Castle Sant' Angelo and the Bridge of Angels. I never cease to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude that I am able to be in this environment. I am always in awe as I approach and ride by the ancient castle that Emperor Hadrian had commissioned 2,000 years ago. The same feelings evoke as I admire Bernini's angel sculptures along the bridge. The things that have happened here and the phenomenal history that surrounds this area just about blows my mind some days. (You can click on the links above to learn a bit about the history of the castle and bridge.)
You can't really tell it from the photo below, but the water under this bridge always seems to sparkle like diamonds with the way the morning sunlight hits. Always a treat!
I also get to do quite a bit of bird watching along my rides. It's great being able to enjoy and appreciate the little things.
It's been a while now, but we came across this guy playing the saxophone one day during a ride. It was so beautiful, and felt like he was there to play just for us. It's a memory I don't think I'll forget anytime soon.
I've also been riding in the opposite direction along the river, toward Testaccio. This part of the river is not so manicured and is a bit more rustic, but it's still so lovely. The trees along the bank provide extra shade, and a different feel along the ride.
Nature and ancient structures ... the best of both worlds, and an incredible start to the day!