My Travel Blog - 2007

December 2007 Athens, GREECE
October 2007 Lake District, UK
May 2007 Rome, ITALY
1999 & 2000 BOLIVIA & PERU


December 2007 - Athens, GREECE 

I have always wanted to visit the historical sites in Rome and Athens, this year I managed to do both for the first time. In Athens I stayed overnight at The Herodion Hotel close to the Acropolis and although the first week of December it was warm enough to go out without a coat on.

olive grove

I walked through an olive grove on the way up to the Acropolis


The Odeon of Herodes Atticus - the audience
stands and stage were restored in the 1950s

The Propylaea

Part of the Propylaea a monumental entrance to the Acropolis

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

Restoration work on the Parthenon

Much restoration work is being carried out

The Erechtheum

The Erechtheum has a porch with six draped female
figures (caryatids) as supporting columns

Temple of Athena Nike

More restoration work


View of Athens from the Acropolis

View of Athens from the Acropolis


As in Rome cats live amongst the ancient ruins


This man feeds the cats - I left a donation


This is where he sleeps


October 2007 - Lake District, UK 

I like to visit the Lake District in October at least every other year for walking and collecting fungi. This year I climbed to the summit of Haystacks a favourite of Wainwright whose ashes were scattered here.


View of the Buttermere valley from the summit of Haystacks


May 2007 - Rome, ITALY 

We had our annual holiday in Rome this year staying at the Milton Roma Hotel for 4 nights. It was about a 10 minute walk to the Colosseum from the hotel. There are so many things to see in Rome you need at least 4 days to cover the main sights of interest and expect to do plenty of walking.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

Piazza di Spagna

Looking down on the Piazza di Spagna from the top of the Spanish Steps

Trevi Fountain

The famous Trevi Fountain, Fontana di Trevi

Vatican City

Vatican City


Rita on the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber

Cat Sanctuary

Good to see that abandoned cats are being looked after

Roman cat

This one looks contented

The ancient ruins at Torre Argentina are home to well over 100 cats looked after by volunteers from many different countries. A shop at the site sells cat souvenirs an important source of income for the cat sanctuary. Please do visit the  cat sanctuary  if you are in Rome and give your support.


1999 & 2000 - BOLIVIA & PERU 

Back in 1999 / 2000 before inexpensive digital cameras or blogging tools were available I visited Bolivia and Peru as part of an EU funded research project. For details  visit this page.


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