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Roman Holiday – Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was the center of public life in Rome. Processions, criminal trials, public speeches all took place in this central area which is located betweem Palatine and Capitoline hills.

This is my final post in this series. However, I have now added a page under “Travel”, which contains all images from my previous “Roman Holiday” posts. It also includes additional images not previously published. I hope you have enjoyed.

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Roman Forum

Roman Holiday – Inside The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums, located inside Vatican City, contain some of the greatest sculptures and classical art in the world. I was utterly amazed at the vibrance  and detail in the paintings and sculpture, considering their age.

Below are a few images that are my personal favourites, but they in no way do justice to seeing the “real thing”

Roman Holiday – Inside The Vatican

Continuing on the theme “Roman Holiday”; we went into the Vatican during our visit to Rome. Here are a few images.

The first image is Michelangelo’s La Pieta, which is the only sculpture that he ever signed. It depicts the body of Christ in  Mary’s lap after the crucifixion.

The second image is the Main Dome inside the Vatican. Michelangelo designed the dome in 1547 and it was completed in 1590 by Giacomo della Porta and Fontana.

The third image, the Cathedra Petri or ” the Throne of St Peter” is surrounded by an enormous statue of bronze produced by Bernini.

More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter’s_Basilica

Roman Holiday – Swiss Guard

The Swiss Guard has existed since the late 15th century. As guardians of the gates to Vatican City, the Papal Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, is the only remaining Swiss Guard in the world.

Swiss Guard

More information at http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/swiss_guard/swissguard/storia_en.htm

Loch Shiel – Glenfinnan Monument

The Glenfinnan Monument was erected in 1815. It is a memorial tower marking the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.

Today the monument is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

This image was captured on a hill above the National Trust Visitor’s Centre.

Loch Shiel (Glenfinnan Monument)

St Mary and St Finnan’s Church – Glenfinnan

This beautiful church is built on  the banks of Loch Shiel. It is a memorial to the Macdonalds of Glenaladale. It is believed that Charles Edward Stuart, “Bonnie Prince Charlie” stayed with the Macdonalds before raising the Jacobite standard in 1745.

St Mary’s and St Finnon’s Church – Glenfinnan

Oban View

We visited Oban during a recent trip to the Scottish Highlands. Oban, located on the mainland, at the northern end of The Firth of Lorn near the entrance to Loch Linnhe, is known as the “Gateway to the Isles”. It is also recognised as the “Seafood capital of Scotland”.

And while I love fresh seafood, for the chocoholics like me, I recommend a visit to the Oban Chocolate Company, who offer a range of delicious hand made chocolates manufactured in their factory in Oban.

More information at http://www.oban.org.uk/

Oban

Julie and Kenneth’s Wedding

A few weeks ago my youngest daughter, Julie married Kenneth at the Lochside House Hotel in New Cumnock, Ayrshire.

We all had a great day, with sunny weather, at a superb venue, in the company of 130+ good friends and family.

We hired a photographer for the celebration, but I just had to take my own camera with me. The images below are just a few shots that I took when I had a spare moment from my “Father of the Bride” duties. Looking forward to seeing the “official” shots

Mallaig Harbour – “The Jacobite’s” Destination

The fishing port of Mallaig is the destination of the “The Jacobite” the vintage steam train, featured in last week’s post.

This peaceful view over Mallaig Harbour, shows the islands of Rum and Eigg on the horizon. In the foreground is the Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry to Skye

Mallaig Harbour

“The Jacobite”

“The Jacobite” is the vintage steam train which runs from Fort William, through some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland, to the picturesque fishing port of Mallaig.

While this trip has always been a popular attraction with tourists visiting the Scottish highlands, the “Harry Potter” movies where the ” Hogwarts Express” crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct has helped boost the popularity of this nostalgic journey. On its journey the “Jacobite” does cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct just like in the movies.

The image of the train below, was captured last week, during a short visit to the Scottish Highlands, as it travelled along the shoreline of Loch Eil, 4 – 5 miles from Fort William, on its way to Mallaig

More details at http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/Jacobite_Details.html and for a journey across the Glenfinnan Viaduct on “The Jacobite” click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_GjT9nlAeM&feature=related

The Jacobite