For the opportunity to travel and learn by first hand observation ancient Italy and Greece
For example: the Italian Palladio wrote the Four Books of ArchitectureVenice, 1570 - French . These books were Thomas Jefferson’s inspiration for Mt. Vernon influential in many buildings of the United States Capital building.
‘Pagan Holiday’ is a must read! The explanation of the invention of tourism reveals an aspect of ‘vacationing’ that I previously did not understand. Italian Village Pizza is good but not as tasty as Italian Pizza.
Whoohoo! International Flights! Overall Luftshana Airlines was an accommodating transition from one time zone to another. There was a tv screen for entertainment at each seat! There were some interesting options. The stop in Frankfurt was a nice break from sitting.
What a great lady! Pleasant and organized her guidance and patience makes the trip a really pleasant experience.
From conversations, Irris has a bachelor’s in literature and history. She has been working with EF Tours for 17 years.
Built and owned by the Flavian Family, The Coliseum featured a mammoth statue of Colusus. The statue stood on a 270 sq ft base. The Colusus was taller than the ampitheater. This wouldn’t do. The base was replaced by a shorter base so that the Colusus would be beneath, what would become the Coliseum.
The Roman Forum consists of two passgeways from the senate house through the triumphal arch of Julius Ceasar. One route is considered sacred due to the numerous meaningful victorious entries in to the Forum. The re are several temples dedicated to many different gods and cults. Of them are: wikipedia article list.
The Vatican is full of symbolism. Everything is smbolic. The courtyard shown here is centered between two galleries that together show miles of artworks. There is not enough time in this powerpoint presentation to cover the amount of history contained in the Vatican. The Vatican is a city and a country. It is comprised of 18 acres, hosting a radio station and impressive botanical gardens. The Vatican is also the home of the Sisten Chapel. Shown here is a bronze statue won by Cesear from Cleopatra in a bet. The statue is a symbol of victory. The peacocks of beauty and pride. The accompanying lions of Nectanebo are over 2,000 years old dating to (360-343 BC) all of these objects are from ancient Egypt.
While I was waiting for the group I heard an excellent explanation from a nearby guide of the characters depicted in the School of Athens. His final challenge to the group was to find the artist. Michangelo is seen sulking by himself as he was known to have a bad temper and not many close friends.
I did not take a photo inside the Sistine Chapel since it was prohibited. However to explain the grandeur and symbolism through out was to notice riveting details. One significant detail was of the crest over the doorway to the private sanctum of the pope. It was a tree with two crossed keys at the roots. The symbol of the crossed keys is later repeated in the Duomo in Florence. This illustrates the Vatican as a source of life to the religious community. Notably there is the 9 paneled ceiling of creation by the enslaved Michaelangelo. He completed the work in his early twenties. Almost forty years later Michaelangelo is invited back to finish the Sistine chapel with the last judgement. The nudity depicted resulted in a dispute with a prudearcbishop. This arcbishop is punished in Michaelangelo’s Last Judgement in hell being bound by a snake.
Here you see an exchange of keys between pagan Rome and Christendom. St. Peter’s Basllica is a massive church containing many precious Catholic relics. Significantly is the Pieta, the mourning figure of mary holding her deceased child.
While I never went out at night in Rome, there are certainly some beautiful places to revisit, such as the Trevi Fountain amongst other downtown areas.
The Pantheon was the one thing that blew mw away. It’s proportions were stunning. The occulus overhead symbolizes the eye of God and works as a clock on clear days. The fact that it is still standing after so many years is incredulous. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD) as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome, and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD.
Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. I admit I slept most of the way to Florence and missed the complete rainbow.. but I was ok with resting more before a long day of walking.
I did not take a photo inside the Academia, due to no photos being allowed. However this prompted one of the best conversations that I had with Professor Davey on the trip. He and I sat in front of the David while he explained to me how the Renaissance was prompted the thinking that the human mind was not fallen when Adam and Eve fell. According to… His philosophy revolutionized the artist to a type of perfector and in turn a god.
The interior of the Duomo is densely decorated in frescoes narrating a plethora of biblical narratives. The duomo diameter is, making it one of the largest in Europe.
I didn’t feel like walking because my feet hurt to walk around to shop. Instead I watched shoes! And shopped for shoes.
I didn’t! I stayed at a coffee shop and doodled in a journal..
The food was really good. SO was the Proseco Carmenae treated us to for his birthday.
The ferrry was a terrific first experience of traveling on a boat! I enjoyed the process of going through the garage or entry level and seeing all the trucks to the upper decks where there was a completely different world.
Now that’s a broken foot.
Delphi is the belly button of the ancient Greek and Roman world. The marbled dome on the lower right is a symbol of this. The figurine is one of many marbles rescuited for the museum at Dekphi.
I was feeling ill in Athens. This is the best photo I have.
Pláka is the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture
Built in 11th century ad as a cult of Helios Lucas The Orthodox Monastary is a place of serenity and meditation.
Italian-Greecian Ancient Architecture adventure
Why did I decide to go on the
Le Petit Grand Tour d’Architecture
What you were expecting on the Le
Petit Grand Tour d’Architecture
A beautiful view of the ancient architecture that
has inspired so many great artists, architects and
What I learned in our Italian Village
Reflections on what you
experienced/learned and friends
Russians are awesome.
Credits and acknowledgements
Thank you wikipedia.com and google.com for
sharing with the world images of places and items I
would otherwise not have.
Thank you cabin roomies, Amanda, Colby, Lauren,
Lex and Rachel for filling in so many blanks.
Thank you Simon for saving me from getting left
behind! (more than once)
Thank you Jon Davey for guiding the amazing trip
and connecting us with EF Tours!