Mt. Vesuvius at Dawn

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Naples is a filthy, crime-ridden town. We were nearly mugged twice and ate dinner in a restaurant run by the mafia. Gun wielding couriers came in on motorbikes and dropped bundles of cash while we feasted on a delicious meal of octupus. We woke around 4:00 AM this morning to make the flight back to the United States from Naples and was treated to early morning surprise on the balcony. We stayed at the Hotel […]

Constantine’s Triumphal Arch

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Emperor Constantine was one of the last great leaders of the Roman Empire. His triumphal arch here is situated between the┬áColosseum and the Palatine Hill (in the foreground). The Palatine Hill is the historic birthplace of Rome, and was home to the palaces of the great families and emperors of the Roman empire including the massive Flavian palace and the more modest home of Caesar Augustus.