Palazzo Massimo

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A three minute walk from the main Rome train station is part of the national museum’s collection, the Palazzo Massimo.

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If you’d said to me before would I want to spend a morning looking at Roman art, I’d probably have said no (too many memories of the British Museum’s overcrowded and ill-displayed galleries), but as with so many things, a look at Simon Martin’s Instagram page put me onto it.

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And I’m so glad we went – it was a whistle stop tour of the best part of a thousand years of power and art, and by the end the medieval age had definitely begun.

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All pics December 2018. From the archives this time last year: the Rodin museum.

Centro storico

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The historic centre of Naples is a series of narrow lanes,

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converted churches with toy tableaux, different levels as streets and squares intersect and then part,

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cafes and Renaissance carvings, staircases and graffiti,

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lemons in crates, crazy doorfronts, marble gateways to a castle by the sea,

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and a 19th century arcade with constellations on the ceiling.

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Decemeber 2018.

Library Planet

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If you want a Lonely Planet for libraries – with entries from Auckland

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Denmark, and

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Portugal

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then visit Library Planet. From previously being in a house share with a librarian who had to go to Kuala Lumps once for work, I can testify that this could be a truly global project. The Stockholm national library is still on my list…