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notes from a small island

curiouswombat in photo_scavenger

Europe

Hmm - of course any picture I take during the average day is a picture of 'Europe' -here's one I took last week, here, on the very edge of Europe -

Niarbyl 019

But to me, Europe is really defined by the depth of history, and the way that we live alongside it without really letting it get in the way of everyday life... I have posted two pictures to illustrate what I mean

Both these pictures are taken in Italy - the first one in Rome -

Italy 9

Basically, "We're sorry the floor is uneven but, hey, blame it on the people who made it - almost 2,000 years ago."

And this one -

Venice wi-fi

Just in case you can't see why I love that - it is on a pole in a canal in Venice. Again - "Yeah, we live in one of the most romantic and historic cities in the world - but we need to live normal lives, guys - and that means WiFi these days."

Comments

I'm almost more taken with 'pavementisation' as a word!
it is a really good word - we should adopt it immediately.
It's simply amazing that a floor can last 2,000 years without being jack hammered, dug up and the stones reused, or simply covered in dirt and forgotten.

We do too much renovation instead of restoration.
I guess, from the point of view of the people in Rome, it worked fine - and by the time they decided it was a bit uneven compared with modern stuff they were well aware that keeping 2,000 year old stuff is in their best interest. But I do love the tone of the sign so much!
Your "official" response is gorgeous, but those last two crack me up.
They are fun, aren't they? I have a neat picture of a Venetian ambulance, too. It is, of course, a speed boat.
That Hadrian, couldn't build a flat road to save his life. *g*

I love your modern Europe meets European history pics.
That Hadrian, couldn't build a flat road to save his life. *g*

It is one of the best disclaimers ever!
What have the Romans ever done for us!? lol

and that means WiFi these days.

I wish it did over here! We are so behind the rest of the world with our slow internet and lack of wifi hotspots.
I remember D-d saying it had been hard to use the internet when she was in Australia. It shouldn't be funny that the reception is better in a gondola in Venice than in a modern Australian city - but I'm afraid it is! I do hope you catch up quickly.