November 2011

9 posts

Ponte Vecchio by day
Ivan & I booked 2 nights in the “Hotel Degli Orafi” in Firenze, not knowing (not until later on anyway) that it was the hotel where ” A room with a view” was filmed back in 1984. The hotel is located on the Lungarno Archibusieri, just 2 minutes walking distance from the Uffizi, from the …
Bridge in Winchester
Winchester 10 years later….oh boy! , my memory was shot, big-time. Nothing is like I remembered, or maybe I am seeing the City in a totally different light…? It’s a beautiful, sunny and warm day and Winchester is getting ready for Christmas: the lights are up but they are not on; street performers are playing …
My blueberry muffins
We work full-time and we have been out and about at weekends for a while now, so this weekend we have been seduced into not doing anything for a change. We have the next few weekends already taken so it was now or never. I have found it particularly difficult: when I work I think …
The Amphitheatre - Caerleon
Following our fabulous morning in Caerleon, we met up with Glyn and Claire and we started walking back along the main road looking for a place to eat, until we reached the East Gate. The East Gate was the original point of entry of the Roman Fortress; on the other side, behind the wall (picture …
Streets of Caerleon
I have never been to Wales before and I didn’t know what to expect – except for a lot of “green”. While I was researching King Arthur’s story a while back I stumbled upon the name of Caerleon (pronounced kər’li:ən), a village just a few miles off Newport. Geoffrey of Monmouth makes it a court …
The great bath
Welcome to Aquae Sulis! The Roman Baths were built approximately between 50-70 AD on the only hot spring in England on a Celtic site. This was already dedicated to Sulis, identified by the Romans with Minerva (Athena for the Greeks), the goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, magic etc hence the “Sulis Minerva” . The Baths were very similar …
Carriage in Bath
Saturday morning and we planned to go to Hampton Court but I changed my mind last minute…and we found ourselves on the M4 on the way to Bath. That didn’t leave much “preparation” so while I was driving, Ivan was checking online under “things to see in Bath”, which was quite funny really!  I have …
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