When the Romans built the colosseum 2000 years ago I can't imagine they thought it would last this long. Only an earthquake in 1349 managed to down part of it. The first few hundred years after it was built saw lots of death and violence - animals, gladiators, Christians. We joined a tour but it was really a waste of time as the guy just droned on for about 30 minutes then we wandered by ourselves.
We dodged a couple of thunderstorms in the morning that really cooled things off but you can see it got quite sunny by noon,
Most of you would recognize Ross and his Tilley hat - he's quite attached to it and they are inseparable in sunny situations. Well today we ended up in a slightly different situation. We had just ended the 'tour' on the 2nd level of the colosseum when a rogue gust of wind blew it down over the edge into the middle of the ruins. He raced down the nearest flight of stairs and proceeded to search high and low for his hat. Well he didn't look quite high enough as it had come to rest on a small ledge half way to the ground. And there was no possible way to retrieve it! Meanwhile Alanna, Garry and I couldn't stop laughing although Ross was still in shock. He stood there looking, almost pleading - all of a sudden it broke loose and wafted gently down in front of us. One more Tilley (and Ross's scalp) saved!!!
You can see it up about 20 ft on this ledge.
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