Friday, 26 February 2010

A Life of Privilege

Another week in the toboggan, as the Finns say.

Seen more stuff, eaten lots of good food. Heard many interesting and some not-so-interesting things. Walked up and down the (im)famous hills of Rome. Even went out a few times. Nevertheless, I don't feel quite as beaten-up as this old fella:

The so-called “Thermae boxer”, 3rd-2nd centuries BCE, Greek.
Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Massimo)

The gods of good times have been kind.

This nice marble piece with griffons devouring a deer is also currently on view in Palazzo Massimo. An unfortunate example of the massive illegal trade dealing with antiquities. It was recently repatriated to Italy from America, I think. We'll never know much more about it.

Went to a field trip to witness what's left of the ancient city of Lavinium (now called Pratica di Mare). The ruins themselves were not much to look at, and it was forbidden to take photos in the local museum, but the town itself had run-down sort of charm:


Rome by night.
Also the view I am enjoying from my current crib.

City lights... The sight of them just doesn't get boring. Much like staring into fire.

The interior decorator of this little trattoria must have been mad as a hatter :)

This is the real deal.
Memento mori, folks!

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