The Pantheon is one of the oldest intact structure standing in Rome. Originally built during the reign of Emperor August and rebuilt during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. After almost 2,000 years it is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. It is currently a Roman Catholic Basilica dedicated St. Mary and the Martyrs.
Monthly Archives: April 2010
Songkran: Celebrating the New Year with day-glo green and blaze orange super-soakers just like Buddha would have wanted
No sooner than I got 20m down the street from the entrance to my hotel a woman who was a total stranger grabbed the collar of my shirt, pulled it forward, dumped a bucket of water down my chest and smiled “Happy New Year”. Her friend slapped my cheeks a muddy goop from a dish made up of water and talcum powder. 60 seconds after hitting the street I was drenched head to toe and had a face full of wet talc.
Daily Travel Photo – Guadalupe Mountains, Texas
Guadaloupe Mountains National Park is just over the border from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. While two separate parks, they are both part of the same mountain range.
Daily Travel Photo – Waya Island, Fiji
While in Fiji I attended a church service on the island of Waya. The church, like most churches in Fiji, was Methodist. During the service this young man was inducted as a Methodist minister.
Daily Travel Photo – The Hague, Netherlands
This photo requires a bit of explanation. The car in the photo is that of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The door behind the car is his office. He literally drives to work like anyone else, parks his car, and enter’s his office. There is no external security or barricades separating his office from the street. Can you imagine the President of the United States driving to work everyday and getting a parking spot just like everyone else?
Living Under A State of Emergency
I am perfectly safe.
All of the activity is taking place over an area of one to two square miles of the downtown area. I’m about two miles from the closest redshirt roadblock and another mile or so from all the clashes. Walking around the neighborhood in my area, I would never know that anything was going on in the city. (more…)