A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 1

The ages open up

One of the wonderful places that we visited in Italy were the Palatine Hill and Forum in Rome.  Getting away from the overcrowded Colosseum, it was just amazing to take in the atmosphere and history that is represented by the Forum, where you can truly see the centuries and their most significant events during the days of the Roman republic and empire.

Here’s the first installment of Forum images.

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I hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Old

What is old in your life?

Welcome to Week 59 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Of course, there’s still some of la Bella Italia in my system for this week’s theme, as there was so much to see and experience during our short, 12 days on vacation.  So, in keeping with the spirit of the antiquities, I’m giving you the challenge to photograph something that talks to the theme of Old!

In this challenge, feel free to approach it in any way you like, keeping in mind that Old is a very relative concept, so you could even go out with the old, or rely on Old Faithful!  Have fun with this theme and show of your characteristic creativity!

Here’s something old that I came across….

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Looking across the Forum

The Palatine Hill and the Forum are amazing locations in Rome, which are well worth the experience.  To me, they really gave a sense of going back in time, in a bit of a surreal fashion, and looking across the ages…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!

Travels in Italy – Roma

Colossal with a great forum

Today, we went to visit the Eternal City, and got caught doing the obligatory stop of the Colosseum.  When I say ‘got caught’, that is almost literal, as before you even get out of the subway station by the Colosseum, you get accosted by people trying to sell you tours of the iconic landmark.  On this non-high-season day, it was still a mob scene outside this building.

To me, the Colosseum was rather underwhelming, as it is filled with too many tour groups and not enough space to actually appreciate the building itself; the restoration is not exactly spot on in getting you the feel of what it may have been like during the days of its operation.  That was the mediocre part of the day…


Then there’s the Palatine Hill and Forum, which is part of the same tour ticket as the Colosseum; hint: go to the Palatine Hill box office, as the lines are much shorter and buy your ticket there.  Wandering through this area gives you a good impression of what it may have been like during the heyday of the Roman regime, whether republic or empre.  There are fantastic views and interesting discoveries.  Because of its size, you don’t feel overrun by tour groups and masses of people, as you do across the street.

Bonus discovery: if you take a wrong turn toward the Palatine Hill, don’t just turn back, but continue into the church of Saint Francisca, which is impressive and usually devoid of people.