Travel and Tourism

London, Further Adventures into the British Museum

Here is a fun fact: The British Museum only received about 12 million in donations 3 years ago, last year, that number was 44 million. There is what my thesis is based on, and why I traveled to finally visit the Museum I had always dreamed about. I will be honest, I was still picturing it a bit like the Museum in The Mummy, which it was not.  There is such an impressive collection, but nothing really follows a path, it seems to mixed, not leading a visitor down any chronological path (even the Cairo Museum does at least that). Maybe there is one, but it was not very clear (note: i didn’t bother to buy the guide to the museum so maybe I missed something). One of the most interesting rooms of the museum was The Enlightenment, this room leads you through the ideals and philosophies of the period of the Enlightenment, all in a long corridor like room which is decorated as a library and “Cabinet of Curiosities“, it really is amazing, but unfortunately also dark, so I have no pictures.

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I only managed to visit one other museum which was The National Gallery. However, after hearing rumors they have attempted to cut their staff, they also closed more than half the halls due to “lack of staff”, as the staff has since gone on strike. I missed the impressionists, but at least caught the famous Van Eyck.

The Angels of Ponte Sant’Angelo

The Angels of Ponte SantAngelo

Leading up to Castel Sant’Angleo is what we now call the Ponte Sant’Angelo, however it has had many names. In the past it was known as Pons Aelius, that is Hadrian’s Bridge, as the structure which stands there is actually Hadrian’s Mausoleum. Later it was known as Pons Sancti Petri because pilgrims would take this bridge to read St. Peters Basilica.

Though the bridge looks beautiful today with its many angels draped in flowing cloth, it has quite a dark history. The bridge collapsed once killing many pilgrims who were trapped on it. It was then used a exhibition space for the bodies of executed criminals, much like the Appia Antica once was. Later under Pope Clement IX in 1669 the bridge was cleaned up and decorated with these angels.

Many books may say these angels were done by Bernini, however they were only completed under his school, and the two which Bernini actually worked on, the originals remain in Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, where they can be seen today.

There are 10 Angels, all holding symbols of the Passion, this includes: Column, Whips, Crown of Thorns, Sudarium, Garment and Dice, Nails, Cross, superscription, Sponge and lance. Every Angel was completed by a different member of Bernini s pupils.

Though Bernini did not personally work on every one, his style is obvious and each Angel is just as beautiful as any original work of his.

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Just A Little Blue Fiat 500

Just A Little Blue Fiat 500

These cars are just the cutest, I will never be able to get over them. They just fit perfectly through all of Italys tiny winding little streets and sit there for a perfect picture. We found this little one around Terni walking through the back streets.

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A quiet corner of Terni

A quiet corner of Terni

Absolutely fell in love with these hidden corners of Terni, this little hideaway was located outside the festival, near the church. These beautiful alleys would be perfect to live in.

 

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Figuring out how to get a moving water effect, and I must say I am pretty proud!

 

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Fruit, Gelato and God.

Fruit, Gelato and God.

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A small piazza around the corner from the Trevi, where a food cart waits for tourists and a church stands alone.

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Clouds over Barberini

Clouds over Barberini

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The clouds breakng over Piazza Barberini. Piazza Barberini is a 16th century square however the fountain shown here, named the Triton Fountain was done by Bernini in 1642.

The square is named Barberini for the Palace of the Barberini family located around the corner.

 

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Standing on Vicolo Scanderbeg

Standing on Vicolo Scanderbeg

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I personally have a problem photographing people, I always am nervous to ask or feel awkward when I am close to them and just snap one so I love being able to use a good zoom to relax and get a better picture.

 

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In love with the Nikon D5300, and Italian Breakfast

In love with the Nikon D5300, and Italian Breakfast

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As well as this coffee.
I just got the new Nikon D5300 for Christmas (in RED!) and it is my favorite thing in the world. I have finally figured out manual shooting which also opened a whole new world for me. ( If you are looking more into manual, or need more help with it, this website is the best: http://clickitupanotch.com/best-of/) I am so excited to be back and Rome and start getting some much better quality photos!

This delicious breakfast you see is cafe ginseng and cornetto with cream, because all you need for breakfast here is a shot of caffeine and sugar high. But truly if your hotel or host family has been giving you juice and bread with jam, you need to get out and experience this. If your new to this Italian breakfast ordering situation, which can be intimidating at first, I suggest starting with just a cappuccino, or espresso and point to whatever pastry in the window looks good. Also though the chocolate ones may look the best, you will crash of a sugar high in about 5 minutes.

 

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