Monthly Archives: July 2010

Queen of Roads

One of the things I will remember with clarity about Rome is the hot summer sunshine beating down on ancient stones. I grew up with summers that are so hot that the bitumen melts and you get sunburnt in 10 … Continue reading

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Pagan Rome

So the story, as I remember it (and after all, history is what you remember, right? That’s why there are only 2 important dates) goes something like this: Rome was founded by 2 brothers, Romulus and Remus. They were abandoned(?) … Continue reading

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St Peter and his Churches

When I was in Italy, it was interesting the way I viewed the extensive religious art, churches, basilicas and overall general Catholic nature of this fabulous country. The religious buildings (of which there are thousands in Roma alone!) hold beautiful … Continue reading

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A Grand Scale

The ticket to the Colosseum includes the archaeological site of the Palatine Hill and the Forum Romana. And while these ruins are not as intact and imposing as the gladiatorial arena, I found that my notions of ancient Rome and … Continue reading

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Veni Vidi Amazi

Isn’t it amazing? Apart from part of an aqueduct viewed from the train, this was my first Rome sight – and it was incredible. Only a 10 minute walk away from our hostel, Ciak Hostel – Recommended. More like a … Continue reading

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The Dead are as Plaster

We ended up in Naples somewhat earlier than expected – due to an error involving poor directions and the bus driver’s equally poor English. Instead of getting on the Busabout Bus at the Plus Venice Campsite (very difficult to get … Continue reading

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Venice – City of Glass and Hidden Expression

Landing in Venice’s Marco Polo airport was a slightly disconcerting feeling for me, I was still in a daze from being gently awoken by the sun – something which should not have happened, if my iPhone had behaved itself and … Continue reading

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