Archive for the ‘ Travel ’ Category

Brecon

The Brecon Beacons offer some of the most impressive views in Wales. These images, taken on a changeable day, hopefully begin to illustrate the majestic nature of what Wales can offer. There would have been a lot more of the landscape on offer, though sadly the rain and hail closed in before the day was through, so this is really only a scratching of the surface.

Into Brecon itself from this point on.

and my favourite to finish on…

Pompeii Past

It’s been an interesting week on eyeonwales, lots and lots and lots of political ranting, which has all been fun and games, but time for something different now, and a return to the travel journals. This is a collection of images that we had forgotten still existed, but nice to stumble over them once more in the archives. Taken in heavy rain, with a battered camera lens, there is a certain rustic charm to some of these (or perhaps that’s a generous way of saying that the images are just not that great 😉 , either way, we enjoyed taking them).

Making up Pyramids.

Enigmatic things are pyramids – capturing the imagination and the tourist pound, if there is a chance of making an argument for having a pyramid on your doorstep, few would skip out on the chance to tell that story. Few examples illustrate this better than the pyramids of Güímar. Found in Tenerife, this heavily invested archaeological site invites visitors to surrender a hefty sum of money at the door, in order to explore this, no doubt interesting, ‘pyramid complex’.

If you are in no mood to start scratching at the surface of this site, you would be forgiven for accepting that these are indeed evidence of a complex society, developing pyramidal structures, aligned perfectly for solstice based events – for who knows what form of mystical rituals or ceremonies. Of course, that is only half of the story.

The site does recognise in it’s interpretation that there is an alternative narrative to be had here. While one argument is presented that makes the case for this being a prehistoric site of world significance, the other story is one of 19th century farming structures, the likes of which you can see scattered all over the country. Both can be found in the on site literature, however, in terms of the spin, there is little doubt as to where this ‘museum’ has invested its interests.

For the museum/business at Güímar, this is almost certainly a site of prehistoric importance. They recognise of course that there is no evidence to support such a theory, apart from wild comparative inferences that requires no physical archaeological data to support the argument, yet there is no institutional reservation about spinning the story.

Visit this site, and you will enjoy some fine scenery, and some impressively well preserved, though abandoned, 19th century farmsteads. You will most certainly not find yourself in the middle of a complex prehistoric spiritual landscape. But take the on site interpretation on face value alone, and you would be forgiven for coming away thinking just that.

A site to be treated with extreme caution.

 

Padlocks on the Milvian Bridge.

A series of images which rather tell their own story really, the historically significant Milvian Bridge is home to a wonderful little tradition, where lovers mark their affection by adding their names to a padlock, affixing it to the posts on the bridge, before flinging the keys into the Tiber – a lovely sentiment, and in the right light, an amazing glittering scene of commitments. We’ll let the images speak for themselves from here.

 

Roma Part 3: A Different Take on the City.

Part 3 of 3 here, as the last of this Rome based trilogy is concluded. Some more obscure images of the city this time, as the more recent decorative elements of the city are considered, alongside some of the more political issues as well.

Graffiti found under a bridge in the southern part of the city. The lettering on ‘ROMA’ is particularly impressive.
Simpler graffiti overlooking the Circus Maximus.
A giant head overlooking the Circus Maximus.
Terme di Caracalla – carved into the ground by said site.
The voice of protest by the Forum.
A pet supply store north of the forum, complete with the owners cat in the window.

Roma Part 2: Somewhat off the beaten track.

Part 2 of 3 of photos in and around Rome. These selections offer views on the southern and northern most sides of the city, some Roman in nature, some quite a bit more recent, either way, these are some of the sites that don’t always find their way to the core tourists attention. Included are views of the ever epic city walls and gateways allowing for traffic in and out of the anicent city.

Roma Part 1: Conventional Rome

Part 1 of 3 of photoblogs in and around Rome. Nothing to do with Wales mind you, but a city always worth a look at. A selection here of more traditional and obvious features in the city to begin with.