While we were in Los Angeles early last month, we visited the Getty Villa. The amazing building is like a real Roman villa, but on a very large and impressive scale. The rooms are filled with Roman antiquities – we’ll show a few highlights in the coming blog entries.
The famous La Scala Opera theatre (or Teatro alla Scala, as it is known in Italian) opened on 3 August 1778. We have seen it each time we visited Milan, since the theatre is quite close to the cathedral, at the other end of the upmarket Galleria shopping arcade. And we managed to get last minute tickets to a concert on one occasion.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the death of the great Polish-born British writer Joseph Conrad, who died on 3 August 1924. Having long been fans of his books, including “Lord Jim” and “Heart of Darkness”, we visited his grave in Canterbury, UK a few years back. It’s located in Canterbury City Cemetery (below)
The town of St Albans dates back to Roman times (when it was called Verulamium), so there are some interesting ruins. The ruins above are part of the Roman town wall and are situated in Verulamium Park overlooking the lake. The ruins below are from a 16th century manor house, built on the site of the 12th century Sopwell Nunnery.
We also liked some of the details inside St Michael’s Church in St Albans. The wooden pulpit above dates from late 16th or early 17th century and has all mod cons, including an hour glass to ensure the sermon doesn’t go on for too long.
There is also a 17th century monument to the statesman/scientist Francis Bacon. He is supposedly relaxing, but looks amusingly like he is sleeping through the sermon.
As well as the other buildings in St Albans that we featured earlier this month, we also liked this rather picturesque church. It is St Michael’s and is considered to be the most significant Anglo-Saxon building in England. It mostly dates from the 10th and 11th centuries, with later additions and restoration in the 19th century.