In Search of Ancient North Africa (A History in Six Lives) by Barnaby Rogerson
“And though the world’s population keeps expanding, the number of individuals who know the stories of their own lands diminishes every year.”
Barnaby Rogerson in the introduction to In Search of Ancient North Africa
This is a book about forgotten origins and outcomes. Through six lives it shows us legends, families, survival, and the importance of memory. It gives the north of Africa a fresh polish.
Books, Non-fiction, Reviews |
Tagged ancient history, Barnaby Rogerson, Book Review, Carthage, Hannibal, Haus Publishing, In Search of Ancient North Africa, Rome, Saint Augustine, Septimius Severus, travel |
For the non-skiers at Lago Laceno near Avellino in Italy
I belong to a family of enthusiastic, occasional skiers who like nothing better than to plunge down cold, white mountains at speed. The problem is that I don’t share this joy.
In the Apennine Mountains in the south of Italy I discovered nobody seemed to mind. There were deckchairs, sunshine, and families who just wanted to be out and about – not up-there.
Campania, Italy, Lago Laceno |
Tagged Abruzzo, Apennines, Avellino, Lago Laceno, Pescocostanza, Roccaraso, Rome, skiing, wolf |
Portrait of Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni (1578 -1630)
There are some artists who change everything, who create their work way outside the known boundaries. One of these, one of the brave, who found a new way to tell stories with paint, is
Caravaggio, Italy, Naples |
Tagged Capodimonte, Caravaggio, Cardinal Francesco del Monte, Constanza Colonna, Knights of Malta, Michelangelo Merisi, Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, Pio Monte della Misericordia, Rome, Sforza |
Ferry in the Bay of Naples near Pozzuoli
Pozzuoli, some 15km west of Naples, should be an ordinary, busy ferry port … but it’s not and never has been.
Part of what makes it unique is that it can’t stop moving.
La Solfatara, a crater formed some four thousand years ago, just up the hill from Pozzuoli’s harbour, is a vivid example of what’s going on.
Bay of Naples, Italy, Pozzuoli |
Tagged amphitheatre, Bay of Naples, Campi Flegrei, gladiators, Nero, Pozzuoli, Roman concrete, Rome, Temple of Serapis, volcano |
San Gennaro, patron saint of Naples, being positioned for the Pope’s visit
Popes do visit Naples but not often and usually their presence is connected with some disaster in the city.
This time Pope Francis has chosen to spend a day here and he’ll include one of Naples’ most troubled suburbs – Scampia.
I was in Naples today with less than 24hours until the Pope’s arrival.
Italy, Naples, Other discoveries in Naples, People |
Tagged Catholics, Naples, patron saint of Naples, Piazza di Plebiscito, Poggioreale Prison, Pope, Pope Francis, Rome, Scampia, Teatro di San Carlo |
The Piazza Navona in Rome
In Rome at night the temperatures cool, the sky wraps itself around the warm yellow of the street lamps and the pace slows. Even the cobbles seem softer.
A quick mix of images to show the ordinary, the ‘between-the-monuments’, life of one of the world’s most famous cities – Rome.