We discovered last year that many of the…

old iconic buildings have parts of restored

when they disintegrate.


 I think the Colosseum is one of

the more intact, WYSIWYG.


 However, one part that was pointed out as original

is the paving shown in this image.

Building commenced in AD 72 and

was completed in AD 80.

This makes these pavers between 1,937 and 1,945 years old,

not to mention the millions of tourists who have walked

over them in the past few decades.


Thursday’s Special: Traces-Of-The-Past



Week 95


When, in 1932, the Vatican commissioned Giuseppe Momo

to build a staircase, the hierarchy of the time

would have not thought that his staircase…

would become one of the most photographed pieces

in the museum which today contains

nine miles of art works.


Once upon a time the staircase was used by every visitor

as they entered the Vatican Museum.

Nowadays the Spiral Staircase is missed

by many visitors to the museum.

We were fortunate to walk up the staircase

taking in magnificent views of Rome.

Definitely a creative work of its time.

And nearly one hundred years later

it still took your breath away.


Pic and Word Challenge: 95 Creativity




Black and White Challenge:



The private sections of the Nice beach front were…

marked by areas of umbrellas.

On the outside, looking into

St Peter’s Square at the

Vatican City in Rome.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Letters-U-or-V




Weekly Photo Challenge-Dense



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



When we visited the Trevi Fountain…
I did not expect the crowd to be as dense as it was.

t was impossible to gain a viewing spot in

the top right of this shot…in front of the fountain.

Likewise I have never seen streets as

densely packed with tourists, presumably,

as in some of the streets of Rome.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Bottom-Underneath


My contribution for this week’s

Bottom or Underneath

Thank goodness this week has arrived.

I accidentally prepared this post in January

and have been checking each week…to see if I could post it.


Bottom and underneath photos from…


in and around the Vatican City.


No photos in the Sistine Chapel but our guide helped out a little

with a close up of one of Michelangelo’s most famous panels.



Not in the Sistine Chapel but still part of the Vatican Museum.


Surrounded by ornate works of art.

vatican_0472This panel, on its own its spectacular, but…


look at what surrounds it.


And another ceiling shot.

Exposure time varied down to 1/13,

with a hand-held camera.

Quality may not be ‘up there’ but certainly

a great reminder of our travels.








Black and White Challenge:



One of our stops in Rome was at the Pantheon.

The circular part of the Pantheon has…

a domed roof with a circular hole in the middle.

The circle in the roof is called the Oculus.  

To capture this photo one has to stand like

the person in the white shirt in the next image.  

Nearly over balancing backwards.

 It was thought that the Oculus was designed so that rain could not enter.

However, this is not rue and the floor is roped off

in a rough circle where rain does fall.

However, rain entering the Pantheon is swiftly removed

via a 2,000 year old drainage system under the floor.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Letters-C-or-D




Travel Theme-Paths




Travel Theme.


Each day thousands of visitors walk the same path…

 as we did, to reach the Colosseum.

Nearly two thousand years ago

Romans were walking these steps.

I wonder will any of our sporting venues

will last as long…even as a ruin.


I kept this one till last as it was emphasized, by our guide,

that this stone paving was originally set in place

when the Colosseum was built, nearly two thousand years ago.


Where’s My Backpack: Paths