Travel Pics Theme: R for Rome. Swiss Guards

  I guess it’s somehow appropriate. The Vatican is not, strictly speaking, part of Rome (it is a separate city-state, an enclave inside Rome – and not part of the greater Italy that surrounds it). And so we shouldn’t be surprised that the ‘Armed Forces’ of the Vatican aren’t Italian. And aren’t in fact ‘Armed…

Travel Pics Theme: R for Rome. Circus Maxiumus

Good morning, all, and welcome to 2017! This week’s series of pictures are from Rome, the Eternal City. We start with one that is not quite what I was expecting – the Circus Maximus. When I hear the name, I’m reminded of chariot races like that in Ben Hur, with tiers of seating for 150-thousand people, and spectacles…

Travel Pics Theme: X marks the Spot

The theme letter for our ‪‎travel pics this week is X (Marks the spot). We’re halfway though this week – so let’s eXhume the past, in Rome. Let’s be honest – if you travel to the Eternal City, you just have to go to the Colosseum at least once – it is amazing in its decaying…

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…

Travel Pics Theme: I for Italy

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week (and a bit) is I, for Italy.   Ah, St Mark’s, the home of the 18-dollar coffee 🙂 In St Mark’s Square, Venice, there are a series of cafes. If you go inside and order a coffee at the bar it will cost you around a €1…

Travel Pics Theme: I for Italy

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week (and a bit) is I, for Italy. The Altare della Patria is a controversial building in Rome. Known as “The Typewriter” by many because of its design, the stark white ‘Altar of the Fatherland’ is dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II – the first king of modern Italy – and…