Aflaj and Leopards in Oman

The Royal Geographical Society held a couple of events mid-week; the Shackleton photography exhibition and talks about Leopards in Oman and the Sultanate’s Aflaj (the plural of Falaj) organised by Nigel Winser.

Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society

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Damian Hirst statue of St Bartholomew

The Damian Hirst statue of St Bartholomew does dominate the church that its placed in; though as the church commemorates St Bartholomew, doubtless thats appropriate.

St Bartholomew the Great Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst
St Bartholomew the Great Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst

In 900year old church of St Bartholomew the Great they Continue reading “Damian Hirst statue of St Bartholomew”

Rome the end of the Frankincense Trail

South of Florence and, equally important for me, at the north-west terminus of the Frankincense Trail from Oman is Rome. We arrived into Rome on Italo Train‘s excellent service.

Corner of the former Vicus Tuscus now San Teodoro
Corner of the former Vicus Tuscus now San Teodoro

After the Continue reading “Rome the end of the Frankincense Trail”

Bologna’s Santo Stefano basilica

Bologna continued to charm through to our last day in town especially with a visit to Bologna’s Santo Stefano basilica.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Bologna inside Bologna’s Santo Stefano basilica
Church of the Holy Sepulchre Bologna

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Asinelli Tower Bologna

Bologna turned out to be a gem, with a cohesive central area and kilometre after kilometre of arcades providing traffic free, all weather walks. The Asinelli Tower Bologna is one of two ancient skyscrapers

The Two Towers of Bologna-Garisenda and Asinelli Tower Bologna
The Two Towers of Bologna-Garisenda and Asinelli Towers

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David Bowie is…in Bologna

Flying Ryan Air in clear weather over Lago di Vernago in the Southern Tryol Alps took me into Bologna where the David Bowie is…in Bologna retrospective  is currently being shown. We flew over the Ötztal Alps where Fineilspitze mountain (left centre overlooking Lago di Vernago) was the location of the find of Ötzi the Iceman.

Flying over Lago di Vernago in the Alps to Bologna
Flying over Lago di Vernago in the Alps to Bologna

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