Thursday, June 7, 2012

AlphabeThursday - C is for Coliseum


My first AlphabeThursday post started with Round 2 and the Letter R.  I like to use themes for each Round, so I started with Tangle patterns.  In Round 4, I switched to original drawings and my art journal.  Now we're in Round 5, and my theme is going to be Italy.  I was overseas for the first two letters, but my blog does have two posts that are very fitting, both on May 27th:  Traveling with an android and Bolzano in the Italian Alps 

We landed in Rome on Thursday and visited the Vatican on the next day.  Then left the city and headed north.  On our return to Rome, everyone wanted to see the Coliseum.  And I'm glad we did.


I didn't realize how large the structure was going to be.  It was too late in the day to get inside, but we walked around the exterior.  It's enough to take your breath away!


We walked up the Palatine Hill, directly to the west of the Coliseum.  The view is spectacular; I highly recommend it!  I believe this image (above) is Capital Hill, looking north.  As you can see, the day was a little overcast, but as we walked around the entire Coliseum, the sun began to come out and I got some great photographs.  

Here is a two minute video I made with my smartphone - as a wrote: a necessity when traveling!






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18 comments:

Karen S. said...

It certainly is amazing! I've seen photos of this, they were doing much reconstruction, then as well, my best friend was there, but they didn't take any live videos. It's also so cool that you took a lot of family with you! Great C post!

Kaili Williams said...

Beautiful! I'd love to go overseas some day :)

Nancy said...

Oh Deb, I can't stand it. So amazing. I remember seeing all of the holes in the Colosseum's facade. I asked someone about it and they told me people had been stealing the iron out of it over the years. Pretty crazy that it's still standing!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

It must be so awesome to view in person! It's seen in movies, but up close and personal -- you just can't beat that!
(great "C" btw!)

VBR said...

Whenever I see photos of the Colisieum I am amazed at the skill that went into building it. Did yo know that the Colisieum could be filled with water so that the gladiators could participate in sea battles? Can you imagine the genius that went into designing that?

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots! :)

Jackie/Jake said...

Just popping by from Alphabe-Thursday.
Great photos! I loved visiting Rome and would like to go back some day.

BeadedTail said...

Great photos and I enjoyed your video! Looked like a lot of people were in the area - were they tourists or locals? I thought you'd sound more Oklahomian! :)

Rose said...

Just stunning! I'd love to get there someday. The video did help to put the scale of the structure in perspective.

Erika said...

I know someone that will be going to Tuscany in August. I wish I could find a way to hide in her luggage.

Sue said...

What a great preview! Now I want to go inside!!

=)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I got to engrave a Coliseum ornament last Christmas...very cool!
I hope to see it in person someday :)

Kathleen said...

Beautiful pictures! I didn't realize how big it was either!

Terri Buster said...

Great captures- I would love to see this in person some day.

Splendid Little Stars said...

How fabulous!
I was in Rome, once long ago, very briefly. I did see the Coliseum but no photos. It's great to see yours. Now we get to travel vicariously through you!

anitamombanita said...

Yay! I love Italy and can't wait to see what else you have to share!

Jenny said...

Oooohhh...I'm envious!

I've always wanted to go to the coliseum. It both fascinates me and repels me with its history.

Thanks for a compelling link for the letter "C".

I always enjoy visiting you.

A+

H said...

The Romans knew how to build to last. I wonder how many of our modern buildings will be around 2,000 years from now!

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