Bologna and a Penchant for Porticoes

Bologna and a Penchant for Porticoes

I knew which of Bologna’s top sights I wanted to see during my two-day break en-route to Rimini. Piazza Maggiore was high on the list as were the medieval twin towers and the charming hidden canals of the city. Food, of course, was a huge draw and I was keen to indulge in some serious gelato tastings. But the sight that captivated me most was the city’s intricately decorated porticoes. I was constantly drawn back to the colonnades and pillars which filtered the sunlight and drew shifting shadows across the marble walkways creating an ever-changing perspective as the sun crept across the city.

The history and architecture of Bologna's beautiful porticoes

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Collective Spirit – a boat afloat with memories

Collective Spirit – a boat afloat with memories

When a boat made up of over 1,200 wooden items donated by the people of the South East, stopped off at The Stade in Hastings last weekend I dropped by to take a look.  One of 12 artistic commissions across the UK to celebrate the London Olympics ‘Collective Spirit’ has to be one of the most unusual and, I thought, surprisingly beautiful creations.

 

Collective Spirit - wooden boat built for London Olympics

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Pictures of Pompeii

Pictures of Pompeii

A highlight of our trip to the Campania region of Italy was a visit to the excavated city of Pompeii. The town was buried under 6 metres of ash when Mount Vesuvius furiously erupted on 24th August 79AD. Re-discovered in the 16th century the excavations began in 1748 although less than 70% has since been uncovered. A walk through the city showed us that all those years ago the way people lived wasn’t so very different from today.

Temple of Jupiter at Pompeii with Vesuvius in the background

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