Fatih Mosque and Valens Aqueduct gif- because the world needs one.

I feel like the world needs is a coherent post from me right now but I’m not big on coherence so I’m unleashing a gif file of an Istanbul nightscape- in particular Fatih Mosque (right) and Valens aqueduct (left) in a never ending trail of light and splendour. You can thank me later.

A storm is coming

If you are like me, the words ‘a storm is coming’ would have immediately transported you to Howard Shore’s brilliant opening track for the Return of the King (the third installment of the Lord of the Rings). Anybody who went ‘Game of Thrones’ can please get their coats and leave. However, my title today had…

The Roman Theatre of Merida

The Roman theatre of Merida was built during the reign of Augustus. There is an inscription in the theatre which reads M. Agrippa L.F. cos III. trib. pot. III Roughly meaning that Marcus Agrippa, Son of Lucius, three times consul, in the third year of his tribunician powers (built this). With this information, historians have…

Livia’s Garden: One of the world’s earliest nature art masterpieces?

In 1863 archaeologists unearthed magnificent finds from what was called the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta (slightly north of Rome). Livia was the wife of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. Notably one of the finds from the house was the imposing statue of Augustus that is mostly associated with the emperor. However, another…

Memories of March

A few days ago, I saw a couple of photographs of cherry blossoms along the so called Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto. The photographs reminded me of my own trip to Japan in March/ April 2015. I can’t believe it’s been a full four years since I travelled to Japan. In fond memory of that trip…