Month: October 2017

St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican city

St. Peter’s Basilica is the world’s largest church. Likely the most famous. The church most people think of when they see the Pope. A work of art by any definition.  In spite of all this it isn’t even the cathedral of Rome.  Papal Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran being the oldest papal basilica is also the most important. Visiting the square is fairly simple. You cross an imaginary line and leave Italy to enter the Vatican state. Early in the morning the security line to enter the basilica are fairly short.  Your bag will be subjected to a xray...

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The fountains of Rome

While Venice is obviously a city of water Rome with it’s fountains is no less a city of water. Rome was built on it’s water system. Aqueducts that brought water to the city. Fountains that distributed it. The basic water system is over two thousand years old. Many of the fountains have achieved worldwide fame. The Trevi fountain has even starred in mainstream movies. But Rome is so rich in fountains that fountains like the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola that inspired the Trevi fountain is rarely visited or even on the radar of many tourists. In front of the Spanish steps...

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Monk parrot of Fuerteventura

On the island of Fuerteventura in the town of Morro Jable there are now colonies of Monk Parrots. The birds have been fed by humans for so long that they no longer fear humans and will approach to be fed.  While you walk along the beach promenade the birds can be heard in the palm trees above you. You’ll see the birds nesting in the palm trees. An obvious problem is the green colour of the birds blends with the green foliage of the trees. Use your ears to localize the sounds and then allow your eyes time to...

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