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…

Dreamy Images (from Rome)

I wanted to write a longer and wordier post but my weekend has just whizzed past.. The first image is obviously identifiable as Rome. The image was captured using a wide fisheye lens. It would be impossible to otherwise capture the entire circumference from this close. The other image has a very ‘taken from space…

The Feline Colony of Torre Argentina in Rome (Images)

When I was thinking about what I should be writing about for today’s blog, the one theme I decided I would stay away from was ancient Rome. So even though I’m beginning my post with the words “Researchers believe that Julius Caesar..”  you’ll just have to take my word that this is not really a…

The Dome

Excerpts from J B Ward-Perkins’ book “Roman Imperial Architecture” on the dome of the Pantheon in Rome. “The dome is coffered, with five diminishing rings of twenty-eight coffers each, in antiquity stuccoed and perhaps gilded, and the only light comes from the great central oculus.” “Familiarity cannot deaden the impact of the interior as one…

5 reasons why you should visit the historical town of Merida, Spain

Merida is a town located in South Western Spain (not too far away from Portugal) and is the capital of the territory that is called Extremadura. Merida is not on the must visit tourist list in Spain. This makes me feel both happy and sad. Happy because there are fewer crowds and sad because Merida…

Things that catch your eye

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to spend a couple of fine hours at the Frankfurt archaeological museum. One of the reasons I had zoned in on this place to spend my only few free daylight hours in the city was because there used to be an ancient Roman city called Nida on what…

Mountains

The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir I must confess it’s painful to write this just after coming back from the mountains. The photograph shows the Stok range of mountains as viewed from Leh, Ladakh during sunrise.

My tips for visiting Hadrian’s Wall

Whether you love nature or history, Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England is certainly worth a visit. It is part of a UNESCO Heritage site (Frontiers of Rome and this includes the Limes in Germany). However, to someone who is not familiar with the UK or with walking along the countryside, it can be…

I walked the wall..

At least 30+ miles of it. In AD 122, under the orders of the Emperor Hadrian who ruled the Roman empire at that point, a massive 73 mile wall was constructed across North England roughly from New Castle to Carlisle. Segments of this once massive wall exist and numerous tourists and history fans undertake to…