Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Another one of those must-see place, the Rialto Bridge definitely has its charm. Best seen from a gondola ride:

DSC_3588On terra firma, you can see how crowded it is:

DSC_3544Packed with visitors and junk sellers. Detracts a little from the experience. Walk over then find a good restaurant a few minutes away.

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Published in: on December 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Brothel in Pompeii

Oddly enough, one of the most popular structures inside Pompeii is the brothel. People line up to see it as the next photo shows:

DSC_3168The building itself is actually quite small and the rooms for clients tiny. On the walls were painted advertisements for various services:

DSC_3169A potential client need not speak the local language, simply point and agree to the price.

DSC_3170The clever Romans knew how to do business and seemed to have thought of everything. In the next post, we’ll take a look at a snack stand.

Published in: on November 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pompeii, house interior painting

Continuing with home visits in Pompeii, here you see how some of the rooms were painted. Of course, there’s this famous one:

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And here is another one showing you a room with more context:

DSC_3154There’s an attempt in the panting above to show perspective. Moving closer, here’s some detail from the center:

DSC_3155For all those bright colors, take a look at a space adorned in darker hues:

DSC_3180There were many more rooms like this to show. Sadly, space here does not permit sharing them. I may do a photo essay in a few months with just random images from Pompeii. More to come from this fantastic archaeological site.

Published in: on November 23, 2018 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pompeii, house interior

Looking through the windows and doorways of homes in Pompeii reveals the lifestyle of some of the residents. They appreciated their art work. In this post, we take a look at the mosaic in the entranceway of one house:

DSC_3150Quite the statement there in the foyer. And check out the arrangement of the next house with more mosaic flooring and a shrine toward the rear:

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These were spacious homes of the wealthy for sure. Here’s a variation of the courtyard, complete with columns and greenery.

DSC_3151In the next post, we’ll look closer at the wall paintings. Check back soon!

Published in: on November 22, 2018 at 3:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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