Weekly Photo Challenge- Unlikely

So how likely was it that I was going to be able to see the full arc of a rainbow? I live in Dubai where we only get rains a few days every year- forget the chances of seeing a rainbow, though the sunrises and sunsets in winter can be spectacular. I was thrilled when…

Ceramic Ceiling Ornament- Park Guell

This ceiling decoration caught my eye when visiting Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona last month. This is located at the hall with many columns that was once designed to be the community hall. Somehow the decoration is almost emblematic of the designs that Gaudi envisaged. Bold, multi-coloured and fluid.

Bologna and its porticoes

At first you don’t notice it, walking down the Via dell’Independencia. After all you’re just following the herds late on a Saturday afternoon. After about 10 minutes it suddenly hits you. You’ve been walking on what you think is the pavement and yet this pavement has a roof and really the only time you lose…

Moon and the Arch

The Roman Arch and the waxing moon sighted at El Djem Amphitheatre in Tunisia

Temple to Juno Caelestis

When I first came across “Temple of Caelestis” in the map to the ruins of Dougga (Tunisia), I mistook it for a temple to Ceres- the Roman Goddess of Harvest (equivalent of Demeter). It took me quite some time to realise my mistake and to understand that Caelestis was actually the shortened form of ‘Juno…

Sagrada Familia- The monumental church still in construction

It is almost impossible to visit Barcelona and not come across the works of Antoni Gaudi or at least come across his name. I got my first glimpse of the monumental Sagrada Familia as we were descending into Barcelona El Prat airport. Although I could see the monument clearly my phone camera refused to take…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/ Set

This week’s challenge asks us to post our favourite sunrise or sunset. Needless to say, the most iconic sunrise I have ever experienced was near Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I’m amazed that it has been more than four years since I travelled to Siem Reap. I’d like to go back to Cambodia one of these…

Water, water, everywhere- a paean to Roman aqueducts

The excerpt below is taken from the book “Rome in Africa” by Susan Raven in the chapter titled “Conquest of a Country”. “There is a legend that a Roman soldier fell in love with a native (Carthaginian) princess, who as proud as Dido, would have nothing to do with him; she would never marry him,…

The Wander

In Kim Stanley Robinson’s ‘2312’ humans have colonised a bevy of planets and satellites in the solar system. Even Mercury, despite its proximity to the sun, has a satellite city on wheels that slowly moves in pace with the rotation of the planet so that it is always out of the brunt of direct sunlight….

You’re in Rome when

You see stone pines towering over monumental ruins The old survives with the new You see the Victor Emmanuel monument all the time You see as many gulls as people When even the airport coffee rocks

What’s the one place you keep going back to?

What’s the one place that keeps pulling your heartstrings even if you can’t actually visit? For me it has to be Rome. I still remember the first time I arrived in the city- sleepy and grimy after a long train ride. I remember stepping out of the metro station and looking at the Colosseum and…