Thursday, 26 February 2015
There is this saying 'It's like going Rome and not seeing the Pope' meaning that when you go somewhere well known for something and not seeing it it's not worth it going there.
Technically the Pope is not in Rome but in Vatican. Which is inside Rome. But it is a country of its own.
But our trip today is to Rome and we may not see the Pope. Why!? Because Rome has so much more to see!
Rome...the almighty in the Roman Empire.
Rome is the capital of Italy and it is in the region of Lazio.
Bringing sports to the talk, I'm all for AS Rome and nothing for SS Lazio. Totti Il Capitano!
Well, but besides the effervescent football passion Rome has much more to see.
Being a memory of the great Roman Empire you can only imagine the beauty all around every corner of the city.
It was a center for many artists and art movements, like stated in the card back.
Rome's history spans more than two and a half thousand years. And with that we all feel so small...
Probably one of the most well known monuments in the city is the Colosseum. Which is not the one presented in the card. I find it funny that they have chosen to paint other monument. Sometimes you have to show more that the usual features.
What you can see in the card is a representation of the Piazza del Popolo (meaning "People's Square").
In Rome and Italy in general they have this thing for Fountains. In the Summer that's a plus for everyone!
Rome has also one of the most mythic histories concerning its origin: the story of Romulus and Remus. If you've never heard of it you must run right now to a library or simply google it.
If you want to know more about Rome's greatness just check its wiki page.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
While shopping I noticed one more Panini's attempt to commercialize cards here in Portugal.
These cards are more of a game that can be played like Magic or online (the cards have codes on the back to redeem in the site but I still have to try it..)
And to be a bit more US style we have a base set and some inserts with different odds! How nice is that!?
So I start with some kind of inserts.
I don't understand these cards because they are not stated in the packs odds as inserts but they are not quite like the base set cards.
Notice the first player, Bebé...It's not his real name it's a nickname he always used and it means baby.
Why would a pro-football player want to be known as baby I don't get it in this life and next.
And I think that's why my Benfica sent him in loan.
The cards are quite colourful. That's a given.
And since the uniforms are colourful as well sometimes I think I have to use sun glasses...
As you can see the cards state the players name on the left, and on the right is a statement like, let me see in english...Fantasist? Idol!? Some statements I doubt to be that accurate but ok...
We also get some 'Club' Portugal cards with players that play in foreign clubs but play for our national team.
I din't like Beto before but after he defended those penalties in UEFA Euro League final against my Benfica...against the laws! I simply can't stand him...
Of course that with my lucky I would get a Cristiano Ronaldo card...
But look at these pairing cards! Those are quite good looking!
These are parallels but are stated as inserts. They are all shiny and besides the look the things that change are the numbers on the bottom which are used to play.
Theses parallels have higher numbers.
These black inserts are probably my favourites.
I have this thing for black cards.
And again look at my luck!
This Ronaldo card is one of the inserts more difficult to get as stated in packs odds. But ok...not only I got on card of the insert set but it had to be precisely of him.
And now we have the base cards.
I got lots of cards for small clubs of the league...it's a shame meaning I have to spend more money buying more packs trying to get more Benfica players.
Can you see the small dots on the card left!?
They are not only to see but it has some bump to it. (I cannot get a good translate on google for what I trying to say...)
Wow! A card where you can see the ball! That's a good one!
So that's all for now. Lets see if I will buy more like I said.