20 November 2019 - HISTORICAL WAR PHOTOGRAPHY


HISTORICAL WAR
 PHOTOGRAPHY

G'day folks,

We all know that all wars suck big time. Here are some photographs, and comments from those involved, that may prove that.






























Clancy's comment: Not much to add to  that.

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19 November 2019 - ANCIENT 'VIA SACRA' IN ITALY


ANCIENT 'VIA SACRA' 
IN ITALY

G'day folks,

This ancient trail climbs the mountain where a Latin League cult worshipped Jupiter, its main deity. 

 

The Via Sacra climbs the steep slopes and dense chestnut woods of Monte Cavo (3,084 feet, or 940 meters, above sea level) to the site where the ancient cult of luppiter Latiaris worshiped the god Jupiter. This spectacular hike is both an archaeological and spiritual journey and ranks among the most beautiful itineraries in the region.

 

 

The road, rebuilt with basalt stones under the reign of the fifth king of Rome, Tarquinius Priscus, is the natural continuation of a sacred path that led from the Temple of Diana Nemorensis, by the nearby Lake of Nemi, to the temple of the Latin League’s major deity. 






Once a year during the traditional Feriae Latinae delegates from the cities of the Latin League walked in a procession, carrying offerings for a great sacrifice that would be held in honor of the god (as recounted by Dionysius of Halicarnassus, a historian from the first century BC). In later times, as the Latin League’s importance dwindled, Jupiter’s temple in Rome overshadowed its Latin counterpart.

Nowadays, the temple has disappeared (although some of the foundation stones are still visible on the summit), replaced by a monastery and later, a restaurant and hotel, which is now abandoned. The view from the viewpoint below the peak (celebrated by Goethe in his Italian Journey) provides a breathtaking view over the volcanic lakes of Albano and Nemi and the great plain of the Campagna Romana (Roman countryside) beyond. Most of the road is still in good condition, complete with its original stone paving. Historical reenactment groups organize yearly events to celebrate the ancient Feriae Latinae.

Clancy's comment: I'd sure like to walk this track.
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18 November 2019 - STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS OF PLANET EARTH


STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS
 OF PLANET EARTH

G'day folks,

Nature is incredibly beautiful. And when we have the opportunity to see such incredible photos like the ones you're about to see below, it is evident that the world we live in is a truly stunning place. Take a look at some incredibly beautiful photos captured for the world by the renowned National Geographic. 






















Clancy's comment: Brilliant, eh? Three cheers for the National Geographic.

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17 November 209 - BEAUTIFUL FASHIONS FROM THE PAST


BEAUTIFUL FASHIONS 
FROM THE PAST

G'day folks,

Let’s check out some fashions from a past era. So, let's start with the New Yorkers, photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt most famous for that shot of the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square. The following photos are from a street style series for LIFE magazine in 1944 called ‘Beautiful Girls’…




















Clancy's comment: Mm ... How things have changed, eh? Did you notice that not one of them was overweight?

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16 November 2019 - SOME QUAINT BOOKSHOPS AROUND THE WORLD


SOME QUAINT BOOKSHOPS 
AROUND THE WORLD

G'day folks,

In all my travels around the world, I've always had great admiration for those hotels, guesthouses and resorts that have a collection of pre-loved books for their guests. Now, here is a sample of some very cute bookshops around the world.






























Clancy's comment: Ah ... I can almost smell them from here.

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