Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas eve and Hanukkah day 1

Both celebrations happen at the same time this year
which means one very noisy week at our house :)

I haven't taken any Christmasy or Hanukkahy photos yet.
In fact I still haven't sorted my photos since coming back from holidays in July 2015!

Well, thank goodness I'm about to go on a little blog break.
so I can sort out the photos for the last year and a half!

In the meantime here's a little photo of some cheerful flowers that greeted me on our return from Europe, and helped to alleviate my post holiday blues just a little.

A happy chap I snapped last December in Chatswood,

And a very tall Christmas tree I passed by on my way to French class last Christmas.

Wherever you are, whatever you're celebrating (or not) and whoever you're celebrating (or not) with,
I wish you all a very merry Christmas / Hanukkah / Holidays.

And stay safe.

See you in 2017

My garden - July 2015
 Chatswood and Queen Victoria Building - Sydney - December 2015

Monday, December 19, 2016

Thank you and good night

It's been a year and a half now since our trip of a lifetime.


And it's taken that long for me to share my memories, stories and snaps.


Thank you for sticking around.





My next post takes us back to normality.

The Tower Of London


Mt Titlis


But already I'm dreaming of our next adventure.


And making plans for more whimsical wanderings.

Where shall we go next?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Il Colosseo (ending the holiday on a grand scale)

Our second tour of our last day in Rome
An evening tour of the Colosseum.
No words are necessary really.
But I'll say a few anyway...

Our guide was another gorgeous Italian woman 
who remained cool calm and collected despite the heat (much like the bella donna below)
and conducted the entire evening tour in heels!!!!

I tried to look the part - but really wasn't a patch the Italian women.
How do they do it?

The Colosseum was built between AD 72 and AD 80 and was the largest amphitheater ever built.

As the sun went down we started to feel a little more human and couldn't wait to begin the tour.

 Our guide took us up and down stairs, telling us all about how seating was arranged.
It's surprisingly similar to going to see a concert in a large entertainment centre today.

The floor of the original arena is gone but it gives one a wonderful birds eye view of the workings of beneath the stage. 

We were taken downstairs and through all the corridors where once slaves and gladiators walked. 

She showed us the lift mechanisms where wild animals were hoisted above to feast on unfortunate criminals and the odd Christian. 

Because it was a night tour there were no crowds,
All was quiet except for the voice of the guide.

She was so knowledgeable about the daily life of the Colosseum that it was very easy to imagine the activity that once occurred where we stood.

If you're ever in Rome in Summer - heck even if you're there in Winter - I'd advise you to take the night tour of Il Colosseo.

You won't be disappointed.

The Colosseum, Rome - July 2015