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Rome Travel Journal - Day One

30th September 2014

I land at Fiumicino airport just outside Rome at about 10.30. I grab a taxi to my hotel in an excited rush, I have a packed itinerary for the next ten days and need to start ticking places off of my list as soon as possible. 1,624 more words

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Santa Maria degli Angeli at Piazza della Repubblica

The last internal visit on this trip.  This church (properly known as Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri),another building which has been sculpted out of the remains of the… 347 more words


Imperial Palmyra


Prior to becoming a Roman Province in 64 BCE Palmyra is thought to have been organised in the Greek style with a Senate and an Assembly, her architecture reflected Greco-Parthian influences from Babylon and Seleucia. 611 more words

Housekeeping Details, or Artemis, Queen of Laundry

Oct 7. Artemis, the queen of laundry, did a wash. What should have been 30 minutes turned into 2 hours. Getting out of the apt is an adventure. 218 more words

Reasons to return to Rome, Part Five: Splish, splash, I want to see a Roman Bath

Normally, my television viewing isn’t especially high brow or educational. I don’t watch “Honey Boo Boo” or “The Bachelor,” but I am a big fan of “Project Runway” and “Masterchef,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Downton Abbey.” In short – I don’t often turn to the TV for intellectual stimulation. 882 more words


Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Baths of Diocletian

The church of Santa Maria degli Angeli is housed in the former Baths of Diocletian that was built between 298 and 305. The Baths of Diocletian were the largest and most impressive of all the… 413 more words