Travel Pics Theme: I for Italy

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week (and a bit) is I, for Italy. This image is, of course, of the ruins of the Amphitheatrum Flavium – better known to us as The Colosseum. But here’s the thing – The Colossus that the Colosseum was named for no longer exists. It was a giant statue…

Saturday Arts – what ever happened to essays?

I had reason, during the week, to use a famous line of Ralph Waldo Emerson – the one about a foolish consistency being the hobgoblin of little minds. It was from his essay, ‘On Self-Reliance’ – but as I looked it up, it struck me that I hadn’t read Emerson, or Thoreau, or their ilk since high school…

Travel Pics Theme: C for Churches. Notre Dame, Paris

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is C for Churches. Today, it’s The Cathedral de Notre Dame, in Paris. This is the western facade … and it’s impressive. But for a truly astounding piece of architecture, check out the eastern facade athttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_de_Paris#/media/File:Notre_Dame_de_Paris,_East_View_140207_1.jpg with its extraordinary Flying Buttresses – amongst the first in the…