A Glimpse of the Roman Colosseum

Where did you have trouble finding the ticket booth?

The Roman Colosseum was a top priority while we were in Rome. It is one of the oldest ruins being built in 70AD, and it amazes us how much of it is still intact. Just thinking about how this place used to hold 50 to 80 thousand spectators, amazes us. That is about the capacity of an American football stadium.

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A Glimpse of Dunluce Castle

Where have you found awesome ruins with a view?

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Dunluce Castle was our second stop on our mini day road trip along the Northern Ireland coast. By this point, the sun was out, and the views were superb!

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A Glimpse of Downhill Demesne

Where have you seen nature reclaiming man-made structures?

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Visiting Northern Ireland in October means a lot of unpredictable weather. As a result, we understandably saw a lot of rain (it’s so green for a reason!). Fortunately, we were comfortably snuggled in at a cat sit, complete with a fireplace. It was a great opportunity to catch up on work, but it meant we treasured the dry days all the more.

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A Taste of St. Dunstan in the East

Where are your favorite ruins?

St. Dunstan in the East is a beautiful church that was demolished during The Blitz of WWII. Instead of rebuilding, the shell was converted into a free outdoor garden. The church had already been through the Great Fire of London and structural challenges from the heavy nave roof. A garden seems like a great use for a structure that doesn’t seem destined for longevity.

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A Taste of Heidelberg’s Philosopher’s Way

Where do is your favorite city view?

After a long day of exploring Heidelberg – complete with pretzels and beer – it was hard to stay out after the sun went down. However, a trip to the top of the Philosopher’s Way for sunset guaranteed we’d see the city at night.

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A Taste of the Heidelberg Castle

Where have you found some awesome ruins?

In case you didn’t know already, I am a real sucker for ruins! I love the decay of what once was and imagining what it might have looked like in its prime. I love exploring the crumbling walls and admiring how nature is slowly reclaiming what is hers.

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