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Europe ... England ... Ireland

These photographs were taken on my travels / stay in Europe, England and Ireland respectively. As inspiring pictures as they are absolutely exciting places to be visiting during the Summer (though it can get extremely hot i.e. 40 degrees was the temperature when I was in Rome)! A rule of thumb would be to pack light, dress light, read up a little on these places before embarking on your journey and most importantly ... ... get that Camelbak ready though a huge Gelato could do the trick.

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For the Gladiators

the Colosseum, ROMA

The Colosseum is the popular name for the Flavian Amphitheatre in Rome. Situated between the Esquiline and Palatine hills, near the southeast end of the Forum, it was so named because the amphitheatre stood next to a colossal, 37.2-m high (120-ft) statue (now demolished) of Nero.

The exterior walls were of travertine, the inner walls of tufa, and the vaulting of the ramped seating area of monolithic concrete. Seventy-six of the 80 bays served as entryways, so that circulation was easy. Did you know ? - much of the travertine for St. Peter's Basilica (in Venice) came from the Colosseum.

Harrods in London

London - Harrods, Knightsbridge

Take the London Underground on Piccadilly line (west bound towards Heathrow) and stop at Knightsbridge. Left from the station's exit (follow directional signs in the station) and you'll see an orange building, that's Harrods with several floors of dedicated sections for everyone. A word of caution though - your haversacks (no backpacks) are to be hand carried and shoes are to be worn.

| Information of Travel in London | Harrods On-line |

France 98 - World Cup

the Eiffel Tower, Paris

If you've seen one photo of the Eiffel Tower, I bet you've not seen it all! On the 11th of June 98', millions watched the finals of the World Cup hosted in France from a big screen TV located within the vicinity of the Eiffel Towers. Guess who won?

The Covered Market in Oxford

Oxford - England

A picture taken at the covered market along High Street in Oxford. This really proves and confirms the size of the turkey being used in one of Mr. Bean's episode for Christmas. All the shops are closed, however the poultry are left hanging outside their shop without fear of them being stolen (obvious reasons, then again anything is possible) as they would probably be better "frozen". Mind you, the temperature gets extremely cold towards the early hours.

St Goar - Stein Making

Bavarian beer steins and their origins.

The origins of steins date back to the 14th century. As a result of the bubonic plague and several invasions of flies throughout Europe shortly thereafter, Germany established several laws in the early 16th century requiring that all food and beverage containers be covered to protect their contents. By combining a lid, hinge, and thumb-lift, these 'German' containers could easily be opened and closed with one hand.

| More on it's Origin |

The Drug Capitol of the World

Amsterdam . . . "Venice of the North"

Amsterdam is the chief city and nominal capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It lies where the little IJ River flows into the Ijsselmeer (formerly the Zuiderzee). It's name is derived from a dam once built on the Amstel, which flows into the IJ at this point. The city lies below sea level and is built on piles into the soft alluvial clay.

Amsterdam's greater than 50 canals link it's landlocked harbour to the world via the North Sea and to the interior of Europe via the Rhine River. The extensive system of canals, totalling more than 80 km, has earned the city it's reputation as the "Venice of the North."

The Louvre Museum

Paris - Musee du Louvre

Access to this huge museum is via the fairly new glass pyramid structure which leads to three sections (three ancient buildings in effect) - "Denon", "Sully" and "Richelieu" respectively. Taken from the courtyard, (street level) on the left is the "Sully" section of the Louvre. With four levels, the Louvre presents 30,000 works of art divided into seven main collections including both Antiquity and Western Art, from the Middle Ages to the first part of the 19th century. The infamous Mona Lisa by L. de Vinci is housed at Denon, 1st Floor, Area 6.

Ireland's Great Lakes

Lakes of Killarney, county KERRY

The three main lakes of Killarney occupy a broad valley stretching south between the mountains. The Lower, Middle and Upper lakes, all lie within the Killarney National Park. What a spectacular scenery.

There are many Brown Trout in the lakes, in addition to an annual run of Salmon. Unusual fish species include the Arctic Char (usually found much further north, and thought to be a relict species left behind in Killarney after the last ice age) and the Killarney Shad (a land locked form of the Thwaite Shad unique to the Lakes of Killarney).

| World famous Lakes of Killarney |

The Stonehenge

Stonehenge - in Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge is surely Britain's greatest national icon, symbolizing mystery, power and endurance. A unique megalithic monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. It's original purpose is unclear to us, but some have speculated that it was a temple made for the worship of ancient earth deities. It has been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the prehistoric calendar. Others claim that it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago. While we can't say with any degree of certainty what it was for, we can say that it wasn't constructed for any casual purpose.

| Map of the Stonehenge | Complete history and facts | Poems of the Stones |

Martin & Faith

warmth from Oxford

Fr Martin & Faith - with me disrupting them from washing the dishes after our Ploughman's Supper (every Sunday after mass and an occasional feast) at the chaplaincy on 62 London Road, Headington.

The Catholic Chaplaincy - taken right after the convocation ceremony with overwhelming support (for the entire time spent in Oxford too) from left, Brother Simon, my Mum, Sr. Helena and Fr. Martin.

Graduating with Catholic Chaplaincy
The Blokes from the Hall

"The hall blokes" - My goodness, what a well choreographed picture?! We were always trying to entertain ourselves with loads of drink to keep the Winter out and the Summer within!

Angela & Saskia - Hakuna Matata, the catch phrase for this picture! Angela's now happily married and completing her masters back in Oxford. Absolutely great voice is what I remember when she sang. Saskia was with the University's "walking tours" but she's now on missionary work in Africa.

Angela & Saskia
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