Title: The Pantheon Dome and Oculus

Story: After missing the opportunity to view the inside of the Pantheon on our initial visit, my friend and I returned at a time that we would know if was open. This image of the Pantheon dome and oculus was captured as we passed through the doorway

Title: Bernini’s Medusa

Story: Whenever I am in San Francisco, I try to visit the Legion of Honor at Land’s End. The Legion, and the area surrounding the Legion, is absolutely gorgeous.  On a clear day, you can see an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. During one visit to the Legion, The Medusa by Gian Lorenzo…

Title: Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks

Story: In 2012, my mother, sister, nephew and I took a trip to San Francisco for my mother’s birthday.  It was just pure luck that while we were there, it was the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.  On the anniversary, San Francisco put on a major show with music and fireworks. From our…

Cobb Salad at Luka’s

Story: I love San Francisco. Having traveled there six times, I always like to visit old and new places. I also try to plan a day trip to Oakland, which is just a short ferry ride or BART ride from San Francisco. On my third visit to San Francisco, my mom and I made a…

Title: The Explorer

Walking through the ruins of the Colosseum, I was arrested when I saw these repeating squared doorways. Anytime I see repeating designs in structures, I am always struck by their form and function. These doorways were probably meant to support the upper level of seats and walkways. It was pure luck that I managed to…

Title: Ancient Pathways

Story: This day was the perfect day to explore the area near the Colosseum, the Forum and Palantine Hill. The blue sky with fluffy white clouds and the beautiful green of the tree tops made this walk breathtaking. History was unfolded and display right on front of my eyes. I loved it here.

Title: Glorious Doors

Story: An entryway should set the tone of what is inside. As I walked up to this church, the most striking thing besides knowing it part of antiquity were the doors. The doors had protruding figures cast into them. This door has a woman bowing down on the bottom right and what appears to be…

Missed Connection: Frankfurt, Germany

After Naples, my friend and I bid ciao to Italy. Our flight home was scheduled with a very tiny layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  In order to make our connection flight, our initial flight had to go off without a hitch. We had no such luck. Our initial flight was delayed and left after the time…

Italy: Herculaneum

In  79 AD, another town lay in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius: Herculaneum. As Vesuvius continued to erupt, a volcanic pyroclastic flow (a fast-moving ground-hugging avalanche of hot ash, pumice, rock fragments, and volcanic gas that rushes down the side of a volcano as fast as 100 km/hour or more) approached Herculaneum and eventually buried…

Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

If you only have one day to spend in Naples, I highly recommend that you spend the first part of it exploring the Naples National Archaeological Museum. So far this is definitively my favorite museum visit ever. Augusto and Campania Exhibit Upon entering the museum there is a special exhibition celebrating the two thousandth anniversary…