A bit of ancient art

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ancient
Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge#17

One of my favourite ancient sites is Pompeii. Among the ruins is pieces of art that have remained intact since the fateful eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79. Take a bit of a scroll with me and have a poke around the houses and buildings of Pompeii.

Mt Vesuvius in the distance

One of the grand buildings

The courtyard of a wealthy citizens house

Birds figured in a number of designs on the walls

Repeating patterns on many of the walls decorating the houses

Some included figures

Some fresco’s were colourful

My last view of Pompeii

A bit of France

I am so glad that you enjoyed my little bit of Italy. Here is some bits and pieces I found in France – Marseilles and Avignon. Paris may come later.

I loved this carousel in Marseilles. It was in a square with people just milling around. The sound of the carousel certainly attracted us down that street.

merrygoround_marseilles_may 2012

In the square where we had lunch was this sign on the wall. I like this type of art, almost pop art?

sign_marseilles_may 2012

Another blog I should write is one on the doors of Europe. I had this obsession to photograph doors of all sizes, materials and colours. Of course many of these doors have a door knocker. This lion looks a bit fierce.

door knocker_avignon_mat 2012

In Avignon there seemed to be stones on the streets especially in the back streets of the old town. I wonder what building these came from?

stone carved_avignon_may 2012

In the Palaise de Papas, in Avignon, these tiles were in a section where the tiles were just on tables and some other rooms the tiles were still on the floor. I wonder why I photographed these tiles…..

tiles_palace de papa_avignon_may 2012

In many of the churches were frescos. It amazed me to think that these were painted centuries ago. I loved the colours of this castle fresco.

fresco_church_avignon_may 2012

I had to include another stained glass. This time a close up of the intricate fire stained glass with such a stunning blue background.

stained glass_fire_avignon_may 2012

The Palaise de Papas had many many gargoyles but not many had a pigeon. I think it had  a nest behind there.

gargoyle_pigeon_avignon_may 2012

We found this fabulous cafe in Avignon,a libraire cafe L’Ami Voyage en Compagnie which had the most wonderful food with fantastic features.The tables were quite readable, the chairs wrapped in paper and string.

table_cafe_avignon_may 2012

The table light is great don’t you think?

table lamp_avignon_april 2014

Guarding the stairs was this little bloke. Upstairs was a little library. The best cafe in Avignon.

robot_avignon_may 2012