Category Archives: Looking back

An impromptu trip to Rome (part 2)

18/1/09 – 1pm Had a nice long sleep and then got the Metro up to the Vatican.  Had a wander round and took some photos, including this one of a grandad feeding the pigeons with his little granddaughter! I’m currently … Continue reading

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An impromptu trip to Rome (part 1)

One blustery Friday evening in January 2009 I did the most spontaneous thing I have ever done and booked a flight to Rome for early the following morning. Earlier in the day I’d endured the dreaded ‘Collections’ (Oxford speak for … Continue reading

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Bidding a sad farewell to Rome

14/9/08 – 11.30am Am sitting on the plane waiting to take off.  Feeling really sad to leave Italy, but at the same time I’m so happy to have had such a wonderful couple of weeks! The journey here was very … Continue reading

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BSR Summer School day 11 – Early Medieval Rome

13/9/10 – 5.30pm The day started with rain, which made taking photos rather problematic, but it brightened up throughout the day. We started by going to the Forum Romanum to see an early church which was converted from a Roman … Continue reading

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BSR Summer School day 10 – Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli

12/9/08 – 5.35pm Today we went by coach to Tivoli to see Hadrian’s Villa.  I think everyone’s pretty shattered now and we perhaps didn’t get as much out of it as we might have done – though maybe that’s just … Continue reading

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BSR Summer School day 9 – the Domus Aurea and other things

11/9/08 – 4.45pm We got the Metro first thing to Termini station, where we saw a section of the Servian walls round the back of a restaurant.  This was the very same section Hannibal would have been met with! From … Continue reading

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BSR Summer School day 8 – the Via Appia

10/8/08 – 4pm Perhaps the first thing to note today is that the world has not ended (*touches wood*).  The Swiss are apparently recreating the Big Bang with a particle accelerator, which apparently carries with it the tiny chance that … Continue reading

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