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Sometime ago, I came across this wonderful photoblog, Feet First which features the travelling feet of a couple (and later on, their daughter) documenting their travels. Some might consider this a cliche or somewhat cheesy but I’ve always thought that taking photos of my feet on my travels is a fun way of recording adventures and memories.

...sigh...Samsung ST500 | 3.5-5.9 27mm @ 4.9mm | 1/10s @ f/3.5 | ISO 400 | Handheld

In Prague...first day!Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/15s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

at St Peter's SquareNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/30s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

at the Masarykovo nábřežíNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/30s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

...in Florence, ItalyNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 36mm | 1/25s @ f/4.2 | ISO 200 | Handheld

in Dorsoduro, VeniceSamsung ST500 | 3.5-5.9 27mm @ 5.3mm | 1/45s @ f/3.7 | ISO 80 | Handheld

in Prague...second visitNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Travelling Feet
1. Discovering Melbourne’s Laneways, 2. by the River Seine, 3. …in Rome, Italy, 4. I’m at the King’s Castles in Bavaria!, 5. I’m at the Old Town Square in Prague!, 6. …the usual wait, 7. off to the Top End…for work, 8. …and I wait, 9. ..and wait some more

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Situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, near the formal centre of old Rome, the triumphal Arch of Constantine (Arcus Constantini, dedicated AD 315) commemorates the victory of Constantine over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in AD 312 for sole control of the Roman empire in the west.
Arch of Constantine, Rome
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/1500s @ f/8 | ISO 1600 | Handheld

Arch of Constantine, Rome
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 32mm | 1/40s @ f/11 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Arch of Constantine viewed from the Colosseum
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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Castel Sant’Angelo
Ancient Mausoleum of Hadrian
Built AD 135-139

Used from Hadrian’s death in AD 139 until the death of Caracalla in AD 217, the sixth emperor to be buried in the tomb. By the sixth century, the tomb had been incorporated into Rome’s defenses. Later it became a papal fortress, accessible from the Vatican in times of trouble by means of an elevated walkway built in 1277. The present name for the fortress/tomb, Castel S. Angelo, derives from a vision Pope Gregory the Great had in AD 590. St. Michael’s statue on the top replaced the original quadriga and colossal statue of Hadrian.

Ponte Sant’Angelo
Originally known as Pons Aelius (Bridge of Hadrian), Ponte Sant’Angelo is a stone arch bridge spanning 18m across the Tiber with 5 spans, completed in AD 134. After the 16th century, the bridge was used to expose the bodies of the executed. In 1669, Pope Clement IX commissioned Bernini to make 10 statues of angels, each representing one of the instruments of Christ’s passion to embellish the ancient Roman Pons Aelius.

Castel Sant'Angelo
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 44mm | 1/500s @ f/8 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Angel with the subscription, Bernini (c. 1667-1969)
One of the last major projects by Bernini was the angels for the Ponte Sant’Angelo. Of the Ten Angels along the bridge, two were sculpted by Bernini: Angels with the Superscription “I.N.R.I.” and with the Crown of Thorns. The originals are now in the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte (Rome) and copies have been placed on the bridge.
Angel with the subscription - Ponte Sant'Angelo
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/6400s @ f/8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

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Bernini’s Baroque Neoclassical curving colonnades (c. 1656-1667) define the space of St Peter’s Square.

The Colonnades, St Peter's SquareNikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 24mm | 1/350s @ f/8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

Colonnades Detail, St Peter's Square
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/2500s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

St Peter's Square
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 75mm | 1/1250s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

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The Late Renaissance design of St Peter’s Basilica has greatly influenced church architecture in Western Christendom. The Baroque Neoclassical St Peter’s Square, designed by Bernini, is “the greatest of all piazzas before the greatest of all churches of Christendom” (History of Architecture, Sir Banister Fletcher, 1896).

St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/320s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

St Peter's Square, Vatican City
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/2500s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 32mm | 1/1000s @ f/8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

Saint Peter's Square, Vatican
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 24mm | 1s @ f/11 | ISO 1600 | Handheld

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The Colosseum, built ca. AD 70-80
The Colosseum, Rome
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 34mm | 1/500s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Facade detail: Colosseum, Rome

Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 38mm | 1/200s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

The Pantheon
Initially constructed in AD 27 Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, rebuilt by Hadrian ca. AD 123-126 and restored by Emperor Septimius Severus in 202. It was converted to a Christian church in 609.
Pantheon, Rome
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/250s @ f/8 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Oculus in the Pantheon
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/20s @ f/8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

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