This beautiful sarcophagus is one of my favorite pieces of art from the ancient world. This “Sarcophagus of the Spouses” is Etruscan – the region northwest of present day Rome, roughly equivalent to Tuscany – and is from the 6th Century BC.
The churches of Rome house a considerable part of the priceless art collection that draws visitors from around the globe.
These days everything seems to be about circles. Social circles … calling circles … crop circles. The circle is a natural form that’s appealing to the human eye. We seem to be enticed by rounded curves … and leery of sharp corners. As you know, we did our own circle thing, traveling around the globe. And when …
Forget stuffy archaeology! How about a 2000 year-old mosaic of someone’s favorite mules: Tipsy, Modest, Lame, and Dainty? I am not making this up.
Every traveler we know has a Bucket List, and that list will most likely include the fascinating city of Rome, Italy. Ours did. And we’ve loved all the weeks we’ve spent in Rome over the years, wandering the ancient streets, exploring the ruins and trying to envision the lives of early Romans.
No matter how much I travel, usually my first impression is formed by the lifetime of social conditioning I gained growing up in the US. This particularly applies to language. Words and phrases are used in different ways, and mean different things in different cultures.
There are all sorts of street performers around the tourist areas in Rome, and this group won our award for funniest and most original. When someone dropped a coin in their cup, they all laughed like maniacs, drank from their bottles,