29
Sep2013
2

Our next Spanish trip was a long weekend to Barcelona. We’d been told by so many people what an awesome city it is, and they weren’t wrong. Firstly, there’s the old stuff, like the surviving Romans columns from a 1st century Temple of Augustus – the largest Roman temple in Barcelona. There’s also a 3rd and 4th century Roman walls and gateways around Barri Gotic and La Rambla. The 13th century Barcelona Cathedral dedicated to a young virgin who suffered martyrdom […]

01
Oct2012
0

Rob is fascinated by Ancient Roman history. A magnificent society with an empire that sprawled across entire continents and then collapsed. Emperor Claudius ordered the first major Roman invasion of England in 43 AD and by 50 AD the Romans controlled most of England. In 122, rather than conquering the wild north British tribes, Emperor Hadrian built a coast to coast barricade. At 73 miles long, this was one of Rome’s greatest engineering projects. We had to see it. Housesteads Roman […]

19
May2012
0

During our first full day in Llandudno we decided that it would be nice to walk up Mount Snowden, the tallest mountain in Britain. So we packed all our gear and food and drove out to meet our fate! Unfortunately the weather had other plans. It was rainy and the clouds were low. As we drove up and up, we could see less and less. Although we were not completely happy with walking in the rain, the lack of car parks was the […]

20
Oct2011
0

Rome is a city of churches. The Lonely Planet city guide alone lists 38 ‘must-see’ churches and basilicas. We weren’t going to that many churches, not by a long shot. So we went to 5, including St Peter’s Basilica (see next post), during our week in Rome. And 2 of them we weren’t going to see for the churches, but what was underneath them. But first, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterno – Rome’s oldest basilica which was founded by […]

18
Oct2011
0

We heard about the Palazzo Massimo from the Revealed Rome blog and it looked pretty stunning. And then we found out that a bunch of Roman museums are open and free on the last Tuesday of the month. It seemed like a great way to see an amazing museum for free. The museum is quite large, but the weird thing about going on a Tuesday night? We were sharing the museum with 6 other people, tops. How great is that! […]

13
Oct2011
0

The Colosseum was such an impressive site, but it’s only 1 part of a larger array of roman ruins. There are 2 additional sites which are both included in your Colosseum ticket. The first is the Roman Forum, which was the heart of the Ancient Rome. The ruins are mostly fallen, just rubble, like below. The 3 columns on the right are the remnants of the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Some of the ruins are so magnificent though. This […]

12
Oct2011
3

While we were in Rome we ‘had’ to go see the Colosseum. And it didn’t disappoint. The Colosseum was started in 70AD and finished in 80AD. To celebrate its opening there was a 100 day festival where 5000 animals were slaughtered in gladiatorial battles. Joy. While we were at the Colosseum we went on a tour (which I recommend) where we got to see under where the stage would’ve been, and also up to the very top story. The underground was […]

10
Oct2011
0

Rome – what an amazing city. I had previously been to Rome in 2005 for a few days with my family and loved the sights and sounds of the city. So, Rob and I booked an apartment for a week and packed a summer wardrobe – it was going to be 30 degrees everyday. Awesome. We did a lot of walking all over the city, and saw so many beautiful and surprising sights. On the way to the Sistine Chapel, […]

20
May2011
0

Before we visited Bath, we thought we were going to walk into a city with Roman ruins dotted around and normal modern buildings everywhere between. We were very very wrong. Bath is *beautiful*. But in a completely unexpected way. It’s a Georgian city, meaning that most (i.e. 80%) of the architecture was built in Georgian times with Bath stone. It’s everywhere. And it’s amazing. The whole city is a World Heritage site, so any building built there now has to […]