The Canopus, modeled after a park Hadrian saw in Alexandria, Egypt, at Hadrian's Villa. When you visit Rome, don't neglect to take some of the easy day trips to other significant attractions. The [...]
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The Temple of Saturn is the iconic ruin the the Roman Forum. When you think of things to do in Rome, keep one main thing in mind. Rome is the capital city of [...]
The Battle of Lepanto as depicted on the Great Gallery Hall ceiling in Palazzo Colonna, Rome You may have walked right by this place, the Palazzo Colonna in the middle of Rome, and [...]
The ornate tomb containing the sculpture and remains of Saint Cecilia in her church in Rome. I can clearly remember the first time I saw Saint Cecilia. It was in 2000, and I [...]
The MAXXI Museum can be disorienting. Is it dated already? Or does it recall peering into the ruins below Rome's streets? I don’t mind saying that travel has a way of reminding me [...]
The pope's chair, or cathedra, is at Saint John Lateran in Rome. It's not at Saint Peter's. If you said that St. Peter's Basilica is the Pope's "home church" in Rome, you'd be [...]
I've been pretty lax in writing lately, at least for this blog. I keep telling myself I'll write a long post when I get an internet connection, but they've been harder to come by lately it seems, and when I do get one, I have to spend an hour making train and hotel reservations, and, of course, screwing around on Facebook. Kris and I just finished a 40 minute forced march across Rome (did you know we were in Rome?) to the train station. There was a hell of a lightning storm here this morning, and it took out the taxi dispatch system evidently, so because of that and because it was raining there were no taxis to be found anywhere. So, we were damn glad we're in shape from having walked across Spain, because if we hadn't been, we'd be dying somewhere on a Roman sidewalk and have missed our train to Pompeii.
The benefits of traveling the world never occurred to us when we started traveling in 2010. We're still traveling because we've experienced improved health and happiness and we learn constantly from people we meet.
If you can stand all the pushing and shoving of the millions walking along The Bund in Shanghai, you can get up to the riverside rail and get a photo of the colorful and architecturally distinguished modern Shanghai skyline.
About Us Tom Bartel and Kristin Henning Kristin and Tom's Story After a 30-year career in publishing, Tom Bartel and Kristin Henning shed their last publication, their house, and most of their possessions. [...]