When the city of Pompeii was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, it took several thousand of its citizens who were unable to escape with it. The ash that covered the city helped to preserve it, giving us a unique insight into Roman life at that time. But it also preserved the outlines of the people and animals that died, allowing plaster casts to be made, replicating the positions of victims when they died. While I appreciated the historical parts of the city tour, seeing some of the casts was a bit disturbing.
Several of these are my husband’s photos; he took even more pictures than I did that day! Pompeii was a pretty fascinating place, if a bit unsettling.
You can find more creepy crawlies at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
Venice is a beautiful city, full of architectural details. These are the windows in the Bridge of Sighs; it was through these shaped openings that convicts saw their last view of Venice before they were imprisoned.
Windows on the Bridge of Sighs
Giants’ Staircase in Doge’s Palace
The stairs are known as the Giants’ Staircase in the Doge’s Palace. The staircase itself is not overly large, but there are some giant-size statues atop it. Looking closely, you find these intricate designs on the stairs.
I didn’t edit the colors on either of these, so enjoy them in their natural black and white.
You can find more monochrome at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
A selection of doubles from Ireland: doors in Dublin, artistic deer in Dingle, and boats at Gougane Barra.
Church at Gougane Barra
And lastly, my favorite: my mom and I bought matching hiking shoes for the trip.
You can find more doubles at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
Some of the most impressive Roman ruins I’ve seen were actually in Spain, or Hispania as it was known then. In fact, this one hardly counts as a ruin, considering that it has been restored at various times over the years and was used for its intended purpose until the mid-19th century. This aqueduct, built around the 1st century AD, is one of the symbols of Segovia, Spain. Seen here in 2006, it has two beautiful layers of arches, one large on the bottom and one smaller on top.
You can see the layers of unmortared bricks in this closer shot. The niche holds a statue of the Virgin Mary, which the Internet tells me may be la Virgen de la Fuencisla, the patron saint of Segovia.
You can find more layers filled at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
You can also check out some layers of cliff-nesting seabirds from a previous WPC: Layered.
This week we have some candid shots from Inishmore of the Aran Islands. Of course, no set of photos from Ireland would be complete without some cows.
I don’t often post pictures of people here, because I don’t post family photos and I don’t often take pictures of strangers. But here’s one guy who just really wanted to get the perfect shot, even if it meant getting close to a 100m high cliff edge.
I also spotted this couple that was holding hands the whole way heading down the long slope from the fort on the cliffs. So sweet!
You can find more candids filled at the original Lens-Artist challenge.