Really enjoyed it. Lots of interesting info and cool pics. Thanks for all the effort it took to put all that together.So, this is the last post of my European trip, much has happened recently resulting in a delay behind posting, but we won't go into that. We begin the end with a photo I took on my way to Bracchiano outside the Roma Porta S.Paulo train station at Ostiense and a view of two quite different buildings, one of which is considered one of the best preserved ancient structures in Rome. The castle-like building is the Porta San Paulo from the 3rd Century as one of the entry gates into the city in the Aurelian walls that ringed its outskirts.
The pyramid-pre dates this by several centuries, believe it or not. Built between 18 and 12 BC, the Piramide di Caio Cestio is the tomb of Gaius Cestius Gallus, Roman senator and general under Emperor Nero, who led 30,000 troops into Judea during the Jewish revolt between the years 66 and 73. He also led an unsuccessful invasion of Jerusalem and died shortly after being driven from Judea. Taking 330 days to complete, the pyramid is remarkable in that it is much steeper than the great Egyptian pyramids - its design is attributed to Nubian structures in influence. Note how the much later Aurelian wall incorporates the pyramid into its defenses.
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We are now back at the Wedding Cake, Terrazza delle Quadrighe at Piazza Venezia near the Colloseum. This is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, hence the guards and within the mausoleum is a military museum, which I was keen to see, but unfortunately I wandered round the interior for ages only to realise that it was closed. Dammit.
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The view from the top is rather spectacular, though.
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Back to the Coloseo and a few more parting photographs...
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Before back to my apartment and my last full night in Europe before I came home. The next day was spent travelling. From my accommodation in Rome to Ciampino, then back to Paris for the long wait for my Etihad A380 back to the Southern hemisphere. Crossing the Pyrenees.
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My Big Bus at Abu Dhabi.
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Then, after 12 hours, breakfast in Sydney. A view from the Business Class lounge at Kingsford Smith of what was at the time one of Qantas' last 747s.
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Since these pictures were taken, Qantas has retired the 'Queen Of The Skies', the B747 from its fleet and only a few legacy carriers still operate the type, and strangely enough it's not the Big Bus that is replacing them. For the A380 too, the end is on the horizon.
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I felt a final pic of a verifiable classic was a good way to end this lengthy expose of my European sojourn. Believe it or not, I was away for just under five weeks, but it has taken several times that time period to produce this thread. Thank you all for following along and for the positive comments. I do hope the information I have imparted was of interest and proves helpful to you guys in your future travels.