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Monday, 17-Jul-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Day 2 in Rome-Italy...

In front of Piazza di Spagna.
Roma - Piazza di Spagna.
Roma - Piazza di Spagna.
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Roma – Piazza di Spagna

This beautiful piazza has been the destination of foreigners to Rome for centuries: most came as pilgrims and arrived in the north part of the city before finding lodgings. It was Pope Leo X who, from Piazza del Popolo (the first piazza inside the walls of Rome coming from the north), constructed the three roads leading south in the form of a trident across the Campo Marzio. The easternmost is Via del Babuino, Baboon Street(!), that leads directly to Piazza di Spagna.
Formed from two sharp triangles that meet at the points, the piazza is such a strange shape that it's hard to call it a "square". In fact a few centuries ago only the southern half was called Piazza di Spagna (after the Spanish embassy to the Holy See), the northern half was called Piazza di Francia (after the French embassy).
This French connection tells part of the story of the piazza, for during the time of Louis XIV of France, his advisor, Cardinal Mazarin, proposed a plan to build a monumental staicase up to the church of Trinita' de' Monti which featured an equestrian statue of the French king. The plan was obviously not popular with the papacy and it was shelved for a hundred years until finally built without the statue.

Roma – La Fontana di Trevi

Symbol of Rome e' connubio of classicismo and a baroque operates of Nicholas Knows to you; the arc prevails them renders Fontana piu' spectacular of the citta' eternal. Fed from the aqueduct Vergine Water it was completed in 1762, piu' of a century after the abandonment of the plan from part of the Bernini. The statue of Neptune, surrounded from allegorical figures and four statues that represent the seasons, dominates Fontana. According to the legend, who throws one currency in the bathtub, tornera' to Rome. Fontana entro' in the imaginary collective also thanks to one scene of the film “the sweet Life” of Fellini of 1960. Anita Ekberg enters in Fontana and calls Marcello Mastroianni who catches up it. The flow of the water is interrupted and subentra Hush while it dulls the sun.

Roma – I1 Foro Traiano

After the conquest of the Dacia, happened in the 107 d.C the Traiano Hole, been born in order to celebrate the largeness of the emperor, comes hardly only inaugurated 5 later years with to the Ulpia Basilica and a year before the Traiana Column.
The system of the hole, plus complex in planimetry regarding the previous ones, is developed on wide long a rectangular area approximately 300 meters and 180. The great dimensions of monuments and several the buildings, do not leave doubts on the autocelebrativo role of the Traiano Hole, pack-saddles to think as an example that the area of the public square centers them was a rectangle of 120 for 60 meters, or that the Ulpia Basilica covered a space of 120 meters for 90 or that the height of the Traiana column catches up nearly the 40 meters.
The main public square it was approached through an arc opened along the convex perimentrale wall, to the center rose the equestre statue of Traiano emperor, while ll around they ran you carry to us on the style of how much fact for the hole of Augusto. The bottom of the public square was classified to the Ulpia Basilica, decorated, as the rest of the colonnato one, with statues of Gives to us and subdivided in 5 navate spaziose; to its shoulders, in one small obtained area between the facades of two libraries rose the Traiana Column. In the Hole of Traiano the more important were carried out public celebrations, as that one of the 118 d.C in which Adrian Emperor it destroyed all the reports of the debits contracted from the citizens with the state treasury, but the entire decorative complex, beginning from finds of the Traiana Column to those of the amorini and the grifoni on the walls of the income, had the task to manifest not only the magnificenza and the vastness of the empire of Rome but also the peace and the stability caught up in the comparisons of all the near populations.

Roma – Foro Romano

The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) was the political and economical centre of Rome during the Republic. It emerged as such in the 7th century BCE and maintained this position well into the Imperial period, when it was reduced to a monumental area. It was mostly abandoned at the end of the 4th century.
The Forum Romanum is located in a valley between the Capitoline Hill on the west, the Palatine Hill on the south, the Velia on the east and Quirinal Hill and the Esquiline Hill to the north. The Velia was levelled in Antiquity.
The importance of the Forum area is indicated by the presence of many of the central political, religious and judicial buildings in Rome. The Regia was the residence of the kings, and later of the rex sacrorum and pontifex maximus; the Curia, was the meeting place of the Senate; and the Comitium and the Rostra, where public meetings were held. Major temples and sanctuaries in the Forum include the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Saturn and the Temple of Vesta. Commercial and judicial activities took place in the basilicas, the two remaining are the Basilica Aemilia and the Basilica Julia. Due to the political importance of the area there were also numerous honorary monuments.

Roma – Colosseo
The Colosseum is such an important historical and cultural monument, it would be inconceivable to come to Rome as a tourist and not visit it. You can imagine that it is on almost everyone's itinerary when they come to Rome for the first time. It is the one guaranteed building to be seen in any non-Italian film set in Rome.
It is hard to believe that the land on which it was built was originally a marsh which was fed by a stream that still exists today and can be found under San Clemente. When Nero built his palace, the "Domus Aurea" ("Golden House"), he had the area flooded to provide an artificial lake to add to the beauty of the surroundings of his new palace.
After the fall of Nero the emperor Vespasian, wanting to refocus Roman interests and to help the populus forget about Nero, had the area filled in order to build the largest freestanding structure that the world had ever known at the time. Thus was the construction of the Colosseum commenced by the side of the hill (Colle) that had an Isis temple (Iseum).
The Flavian Amphitheatre (as it was then known) was inaugurated by Vespasian's son, the emperor Titus, in 80 CE. The Colosseum was an elliptical stadium, 188 metres along its longest axis and 40 metres high, that could hold 50,000 people.
People came here to see gladiatorial combat, or to watch criminals being attacked by wild animals. The arena was even flooded at various times in order to stage naval battles!
It was the emperor Honorius who put an end to gladiatorial duels in 404 CE. The animal spectacles were gone by the sixth century. In the late middle ages the Colosseum was turned into a fortress by the Frangipani. During the Renaissance it was quarried for its huge blocks of Roman travertine that were used in numerous buildings around Rome including Palazzo Venezia and Saint Peter's Basilica. This is the reason that the Colosseum today lacks half of its outer ring of stone.

Sunday, 16-Jul-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Summer Vacation in Rome & Florence, Italy...

Excited giler.....
Gent St. Pieter's Station...baru nak bertolak...
Ginny pun dah tak sabar...
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Trip kali nih, kami pergi dengan Yeong n his family....memandangkan bulan Mei yang lepas kami tak dapat celebrate for second anniversary, so ni kira honeymoon jugak lah....

Saturday, 15-Jul-2006 00:53 Email | Share | | Bookmark

:penjagaan diri:
:paling penting:
: dah di'tag' :
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tak sabar menunggu 16 Julai 06 ...dah lama..hampir 3 bulan memerap kat Gent saja.. InsyaAllah kalau panjang umur tercapailah hajat nak menyambut anniversary yang tertunda...di bulan Mei lalu... doakan semoga perjalanan kami selamat

Saturday, 1-Jul-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Picnic....@ Blaarmeersen, Gent

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Friday, 23-Jun-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Gent Carnival..23-25 Jun 2006

Hari pertama...
Ramai betul yang datang...macam pasar Ramadhan lah pulak....
Tak tahu yang mana satu tokeh kedai..hehehe...
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"Hafiz, volgende week hier hebben wij carnaval. Zo, moet u vrijdag, zaterdag en zondag worken..." maknanya, "hafiz minggu depan ada carnival kat sini...so, kamu kena kerja jumaat, sabtu dan ahad..." seminggu sebelum carnival, bos aku, Hairy dah bagi tau...tak sabar rasanya...bukan sebab apa...sebab, kena jaga booth kat depan kedai ni...aku pun tanya Hairy "Wat wilt u verkopen"..... "Wij die watermeleon en kip gaan verkopen.."

Aku bukak kedai pukul 8.30 pagi....macam biasalah rutin harian aku kat sini... yang tak tahannya, carnival ni sampai pukul 12 malam......penat giler di buatnya.... nasib baiklah wife aku datang tolong.....apa lagi..senyum panjang lah aku....

Selama 3 hari tu, bos aku (Hairy) senyum lebar je... ye lah, sales dia naik hari tuh.... anyway, aku n amy really enjoy...dapat peluang jaga booth di perantauan orang.....pengalaman ni, tak mungkin dapat dilupakan.... WE LOVE BELGIUM.....

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