Our second day at Lake Como was cloudy making the water less colorful. This shot is from the gardens of Villa Carlotta.
The Villa del Balbianello was the site of the last scenes of the James Bond movie. It’s located on Lake Como near Lenno. We recently spent a few days touring the area.
We had the good fortune to wake up to this view every morning during our stay in Rome. In the foreground is the old city wall and the white structure to the right of the intersection is the entrance to the Villa Borghese Gardens and Museum.
This young lady had been cleaning outside her store in Rome and rearranging the posters on the wall. She had stepped back to admire her work.
I was on an early morning walk to the Jewish Quarter and passed by this apartment for rent. Amazing to me to have these majestic columns still standing out front.
Throughout the Vatican Museum there are areas where the floors are from ancient Roman mosaics created with thousands of small pieces. Many are roped off and with no flash allowed indoors, natural light made for some interesting photos.
We all know what the Nazis did to the Jews during WW II but I was not aware that it happened in Rome as well. The plaque in the upper right is a reminder that on October 16,1943, the Nazis brought trucks to this spot in the Jewish Quarter and rounded up thousands for deportation to Auschwitz.
To paraphrase Yogi Berra it’s so crowded at the Spanish Steps no one goes there anymore.
The day we were at the Colosseum there were thousands of visitors even on a Wed in March. I was naively thinking there wouldn’t be many people and I would be able to get some shots without anyone in them. No way but there was a mound of rubble which I used in this photo. Just below the rubble were those thousands of people.
We have returned from Rome with many photos to share. This is a typical street in Ostia Antica, the Roman port city at the mouth (ostium) of the Tiber River, which was founded around 620 B.C. It was home to 60,000 people at one time and was abandoned with the fall of the Roman Empire.