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.
When, in 1932, the Vatican commissioned Giuseppe Momo
to build a staircase, the hierarchy of the time
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
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.
Travelling to Europe last year gave us the
opportunity to see and or visit many places
Both of us had, not long before departure,
finished reading a book titled,
“I, Mona Lisa’ which was set in Florence.
The Medici family were the main characters,
The story was a fictional depiction of how,
and why, the Mona Lisa may have come to be painted.
The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees
are two well known landmarks of Paris.
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab.
We had planned on partaking of High Tea at
the Burj Al Arab in 2013.
Unfortunately our plans had to change.
It was, however, a 7 star experience worth waiting for.
In a dry hot climate that we live in we see this red colour
However, on a canal in Venice it seemed out of place.
So much water…
On a dry day in Murano I suspect
these boats may be more active.
Big enough for the latter…though
I suspect it may be the former.
My contribution for
this week’s challenge
There are dishes that make one lick one’s lips.
Then there are these dishes….
Unfortunately all these need washing
after the dish in consumed.
Finally, there appears to be some additions to this table.
Something to lubricate the gastronomical tract maybe?
Umbrellas were the order of the morning.
Finding a seat in a sidewalk coffee shop,
which barely kept us dry, was an ideal way to
spend an hour or so lovingly caressing a cup of coffee.
The long coffee break was so we did not have to walk
several hundred yards, in the rain, and back again
to board the ferry for our journey to, and lunch at, Murano.
Even in steady rain colourful Murano
was well worth the visit.
A convivial afternoon was had by all.
Although ponchos and umbrellas were still clearly
heading the fashion trend, Mother Nature eased up
a little as we walked back to our ferry and
a ride back to our hotel.