Forum

Roman Forum I
Roman Forum I

 

Welcome to the heart of Ancient Rome, the Forum.  Couple thousand years back, you’d have seen a bunch of dudes in togas milling about, buying and selling, arguing about politics and religion, and so on.

 

Yeah, so not much changes, except thankfully for better hygiene.  Not sure whether I’m glad or not that Emperor Vespasian introducing pay-only public toilets (still referred to locally as Vespasiana).

 

Roman Forum II
Roman Forum II

 

Here’s a view in infrared from the entrance from nearer the south end, looking northward.  The remains of the Temple of Vesta are on the left, and the Temple of Caesar on the right.

 

Roman Forum III
Roman Forum III

 

And here’s another of the Temple of Caesar, from the front.

 

Roman Forum IV
Roman Forum IV

 

This is actually outside the forum.  Looking toward the middle, you’ll see a smaller arch (the Arch of Titus, wherein is depicted the sack of Jerusalem in the 1st century).  That’s the southern end of the forum.  The larger arch in the foreground is the more famous Arch of Constantine, and the photos taken from the 3rd level of the colosseum.

 

Roman Forum V
Roman Forum V

 

And some ground level color, from within the forum proper.

 

Roman Forum VI
Roman Forum VI

 

And finally, this is from the top of Palatine Hill (behind the Temple of Vesta), where the likes of Augustus lived.  Not a bad view from pup here, huh?

 

Side note, I was expecting much gnarlier hills in Rome.  Guess that’s what seeing San Francisco as a child gets me.  Palatine’s nothing next to Taylor Street!

 

Happy shooting!

 

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Hidden Gems

Medieval Tower
Medieval Tower

At first glance you’ll probably guess that this was taken somewhere in Europe, and is several hundred years old.

Not so much.

This is actually less than 10 miles from Facebook’s headquarters, inside the city limits of Palo Alto, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

But you wouldn’t know if unless you did your homework, or lived in the area, or got damn lucky.  It’s actually right off the Page Mill Rd. exit of I-280, on old Page Mill Road.  The name of this bit of wacky is Frenchman’s Tower, named after the nutty Frenchman who built it around 1875 as, depending on who you believe, a property marker, or to harbor the French Empress.

Like I said, the guy was wack-a-doo.

But fun things like this exist all over the place – it’s usually a matter of doing your homework and digging for them.

I’ve found the following to be helpful:

  • Internet (duh). 30 years ago this fab resource didn’t exist.  but now we have Pinterest, Facebook groups, Flickr, etc. etc.
  • Yes, there are even ones specifically for weird stuff.
  • Locals! Who else knows more?  If you’re hard up, there’s no shame in retreating to the bar for a beer and chatting with the guy (or lady) that’s pouring your pint.  Trust me, your bartender knows stuff.

But this is a great way to get off the beaten path.  Go out and find something fun!

Happy shooting!

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