Another animal that we noticed repeatedly in Rome was the eagle – the symbol of the Roman legions. The one above is in Piazza della Repubblica, sharing lampposts with the wolf that we featured yesterday. The one below is just outside the city wall at Porta del Popolo.
During our visit to Rome earlier this year, we saw quite a lot of animals. Mostly statues, of course. They look simply decorative, but are often reminders of important events in the long history of the Eternal City.
Wolves often come up, like the one above on a lamppost in Piazza della Repubblica. It is a reminder of the founding of Rome in the 8th century BC. According to legend, the twin brothers Romulus and Remus were suckled by a she-wolf. Romulus later killed Remus, founded Rome and named the city after himself.
Magpie-larks are very common birds throughout most of Australia, including in the major cities. They typically ignore human beings and seem to think that cars are a species of tree. But they are very territorial when they see another Magpie-lark. So you often see them amusingly attacking their own reflection in car windows, mirrors or shiny hubcaps.
We stopped to admire this vintage caravan at the Oakover vintage market on the weekend. It is shaped a bit like a large teardrop, but has a clam-style opening roof. The van is a Mayfare built in about 1948. It is currently being restored, so the canvas between the body and the roof has been removed.
And the tow car? It’s a classic Ford Falcon wagon.
On Sunday we went to the vintage market in the grounds of the Oakover vineyard, in the Swan Valley on the east side of Perth. There was an impressive variety of market stalls, selling retro collectables, gourmet food and clothing. As a bonus, there was a large display of classic and vintage cars, motorbikes and caravans. We’ll be going back for future vintage markets.
The impressive old railway station in Northam was built in 1886. Until it closed in 1966, the station was the railway headquarters for the the surrounding district.
Today the old station houses an interesting museum, with railway rolling stock, communications equipment and household memorabilia.