Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

From the inside out

Inside the tower

Inside the tower, Oxburgh Hall

View from inside, Hardwick Hall

View from inside, Hardwick Hall

From the outside in

Outside Rome's wall, looking in

Outside Rome’s wall, looking in

Looking in Roman windows, early morning

Looking in, Roman windows, early morning

I have taken a literal approach to this week’s Photo Challenge.  You can see what others are doing here.

Roman Cats

A few years ago I saw a TV program about a cat sanctuary in one of the Roman ruins of Rome. My past experience with Roman ruins is as off limits spaces so I was fascinated to see a site being used for this purpose.

When I had the chance to spend a couple of days sightseeing in the city, this was one of the must see places for me.  I found out that the sanctuary is located in the Largo di Torre Argentina so on our way from the Colosseum to the Pantheon we made a detour to see it.

This square is pretty amazing with beautiful buildings all around and the ancient ruins in the centre.  At first I could not see any cats and started wondering if the shelter had closed but as we focused our look on the ruins we started seeing cat after cat – it was a bit like playing ‘where’s Wally’ 🙂

Most of the cats were just dozing in the winter sun and blended discreetly into the background which, besides making spotting them difficult,  did not help with getting some good shots of them.  Here is a selection of what I did manage to capture.

The Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary website has the history and other information about the sanctuary and the resident cats.

Travel theme: Roads

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? is Roads.

I have played again with the Roman theme, this time connecting a Roman Road in Portugal with the modern Roman road (as in from Rome) that leads to the Colosseum.

Roman road, Central Portugal

Roman road, Central Portugal

Another Roman road, Rome

Another Roman road, Rome

At one point the Roman Empire covered most of Western Europe as well as the areas in Africa, Middle East and Asia that surround the Mediterranean. Below are the locations of the two roads pictured.stepmap-karte-roman-roads-1255718-2

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward from Rome

This week’s photo challenge requests that you share a picture that says FORWARD to you.

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Rome for a work meeting. For some reason, Rome was never on my top list of cities to visit but as I was driven from the airport to the hotel I could hardly close my mouth. I was in awe of all the ancient buildings and ruins that seat side by side with the living city.

Although my must see monument was the Colosseum, the structure that I fell in love with was the Trajan Market.  To me this construction symbolized forward thinking.  As I faced it, I thought that the architecture of this building, over two thousand years old, is in no way inferior to the buildings we work and shop in today.

Trajan's Market ((Latin: Mercatus Traiani, Italian: Mercati di Traiano)

Trajan’s Market (Latin: Mercatus Traiani, Italian: Mercati di Traiano)

According to various sources, Trajan’s Market had shops, a warehouse, offices, two public halls, a library, etc. Some background information about the market can be found here – a view on cities, wikipedia, history.com.

Standing in front of the building it is easy to imagine Roman citizens going about their day to day business.  People going in and out, rushing through the corridors or stopping to chat with friends.

Travel Theme: Bridges

I spent most of this week in Rome for a work meeting. It was my first visit to the city and I was lucky enough to have time to do some sightseeing as well as having beautiful weather. Despite all the jaw dropping monuments and Roman buildings the bridges I saw were not very imposing but I managed to take a photo of one at night which I quite like.

Bridge Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, with St Peter's Basilica in the background

Bridge Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, with St Peter’s Basilica in the background

Bridges are one of the main features of any city and I have photos of many of them however, for this challenge I decided to add just one more, this time from Prague.

Four of Prague's bridges on a foggy day

Four of Prague’s bridges on a foggy day

This post is part of the Travel theme challenge run by Ailsa from Where’s my backpack.  I look forward to seeing what everyone adds.