Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Life of a Salesman

Like most of Rome, the streets of Pincio Gardens are lined with random vendors, pushing their goods onto the many strolling tourists. Since Pincio Gardens is known as a tourist destination, the vendors flock here. There are the vendors selling their fake Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton handbags. They set their bags on a blanket on the ground and then roam the streets, walking up to you asking you to buy from them. In Florence this is against the law, but in Rome, it is seen everywhere. Men holding large bouquets of roses walk up to you and give them to you saying they are a gift, then once you are holding it they ask for money, when you refuse, they take the roses back. The vendors are rather pushy. People selling cheap, braided bracelets go so far as to put the bracelet on your wrist and ask for money. You see this all over the city, but especially in the gardens.

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