Verona Arena

The Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy: From Above and Below

The Verona Arena, built in the first century,  is an open-air Roman amphitheater still in use today.  The Arena is one of the best-preserved ancient structures worldwide. These  stones have seen everything from gladiator games to rock concerts, from medieval jousts to Puccini operas.

From above
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“The place held over 20,000 people in its heyday, hosting festivals that would draw visitors from all over. It was a complex and demanding entertainment industry, powered by the labor of hundreds of slaves in the underground tunnels. Grandiose stage sets would be erected in the central space. The elliptical shape gives the space excellent acoustics.

There were processions, circus acts, dancing and music, but, above all, the citizens came to see blood sports. Fierce wild animals from faraway places in the empire were brought in to be hunted, and condemned prisoners were executed in bloody and inventive ways. The feature presentation was always a gladiator show, in which two trained combatants would fight one another to the death. The word “arena” means sand, and it refers to the sand that covered the floor of the ring to absorb the blood spilled during the fights.”
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-verona-arena/

From below – a tunnel leading to the outside
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I wonder how many people have walked this corridor below the Arena181120_blog challenge_from_above_below_arena3_verona

Boats

The Photo for the Week word prompt from Bren: Boats

A bit arty in Venice
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Old Sailing boat in Genoa
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Ready to sail in Croatia
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Part of the wedding procession in Venice
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Heading out for the evenings fishing
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Mountain with a past

The Photo for the Week challenge: Mountains

What is a mountain with a past you ask. The mountain I chose for Bren’s photo challenge #17 is that well know mountain with a historical past.
Going back in time to 79AD some people were going about their daily life when the ground rumbled and suddenly an explosion sent ash and hot lava raining down upon the people and  “buried the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and lapilli and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow.” (https://www.britannica.com/place/Vesuvius) The last eruption was in 1944 and the volcano is still active. Vesuvius is very closely monitored today.

Yes, I chose Mt Vesuvius. This is the view of Vesuvius that people of Pompeii would have seen although before the eruption, the mountainside was forested with Oak and Chestnut trees.
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This is the view over the Bay of Naples, across the Plain of  Campania and Naples to Vesuvius
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When One Door Closes….

The photo challenge from Travelling at Wits End: When One Door Closes

I must admit I have a door fetish when travelling in Europe. I had to stop myself from posting too many. But you can’t have too many door photos can you?

The oldest door from Avignon
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Another old door in Bologna
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A glass door somewhere in France
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A church door in Bologna
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An ornate door in Dijon
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A studded door in Milan
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A door that has stayed up too late from Genoa
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A door in Avignon with street art
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Columns

The word prompt from Terri for the Photo for the Week: Columns

Columns from Pompeii
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Columns in a colonnade in Bologna
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In a church in Bologna
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The fabulous columns in the Sagrada Familia Barcelona
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Pick a Word – October 2018

Again, Paula had me thinking of some photos to match her words for Pick a Word

I delved into my holiday folders for most of photos except one where I had some lovely triplets.

Gushing
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Aperture
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Frontier181004_blog challenge_frontier_france

Triplets
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Tapered181004_blog challenge_tapered_bologna

Frontier extra

 

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