Roamin’ around Los Angeles

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.

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Rack and Ruin


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.

No Snoring Aloud

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.