Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
So, without further ado, I present for your viewing pleasure: Venice!
"Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors." ~Henry James
Streets flooded. Please advise. ~Robert Benchley, telegram from Venice to his editor
"Prosecco! Ti amo molto molto! Heywaitaminute...that's the bottom of my glass!" ~Tai
(Spider and Jeff took some of these pictures, too. I felt secure in the knowledge they would want me to use them, as they are splendid!)
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Beautiful Blarney Castle, where Spider Girl and I roamed free in '99. Climbing trees, scrambling through dark under tunnels deep below the walls and scaling the ruins of the castle itself, free from red velvet ropes and warnings not to touch. (Also very free from handrails and other safety features that are so predominant in other places more concerned about litigation!)
(Pssst, I didn't take that picture. It's from Wikipedia. It was "Taken by Valdoria august 2006").
And I'm really thankful to Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) for carving the angels on the Ponte Sant'Angelo! My friends may laugh, but I've been crushing on Bernini since my last trip to Rome, and this trip just reinforced it.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
We travelled in Italy for three sublime weeks.
Rome, Venice, Stresa, Cinque Terre, Florence, Siena and back to Rome for a final week where Spider, Jeff and I rented an apartment.
I wrote this post last night whilst still very tired so I thought I'd come back and fill in some gaps:
Spider Girl, her husband Jeff and Pol' and I all decided several years ago that we should go travelling together. We decided this was the year.
Pol had to leave after week two from Firenze (Florence), but the remaining three of us went on to spend a day in Siena and then on to a week in Rome in our very own apartment.
There are SO many pictures to choose from I can hardly decide on which to post.
I was thinking of doing a post for each city/town we spent time in...maybe I'll do that.
So to begin.
2 days in Rome and Ostia Antica *:
This is first picture is a detail from the fountain in the Piazza della Rotonda (outside the Pantheon)
And this one is me and one of the three 'faces' on display at Ostia Antica. I loved Ostia Antica. You could climb on the old walls and race around really exploring the grounds close up and personal. Though, truth be told, there wasn't much 'racing' going on as it was hot. Damn hot.
And the next two are from the forum. Blue sky, ancient marble and poppies.
Thanks to Spider for this picture, it's beautiful!
There will be more to come, I promise! But right now jet-lag has me cornered and cowering sleepily in a corner (yes, jet-lag. Still. But I think the cold I caught just before we left might have something to do with it as well.)
*Ostia Antica stood as a major port town for Rome from about the 3rd century BC. It was even larger than Pompei; about 3 times the size at one point. But times changed, of course and the Tiber began to silt up making it's use less reliable. By the 9th century Ostia was almost completely abandoned. Then came the tourists!
Oh, here's an interesting fact: The Leaning Tower of Pisa (never did see that, though we were at the train station in Pisa for about an hour!) was entirely built of material originally belonging to Ostia.