Setting foot inside the mighty Pantheon for the first time filled me with awe, its size is deceptive, though it does seem imposing from the outside, it strangely feels bigger on the inside. I can’t quite explain this but it might be the vast ceiling with it’s giant aperture in the middle which projects a constant beam of light into it’s cavernous interior during the daylight hours that creates this illusion.
Like so many places in the Eternal City, it is popular with Tourists and so we got there as early as we could which does make all of the difference, as you can no doubt imagine. Rome has it’s fair share of places for which you need to pay or in some cases obtain tickets in advance, The Pantheon is free and as such there are no queues for getting in.
A week ago Tina and I were driving around Hampshire in the worst weather we’ve seen in ages, it was pouring down and we didn’t want to be cooped up indoors all day. It was really quite dull outside but we hopped in the car nonetheless. We weren’t really sure where to go but decided to head in the general direction of Winchester. The roads were flooded in places and I had to take it a bit easy as we made our way southwards. Storm Callum was lashing Great Britain that day and other parts of the UK really suffered rather badly with widespread damage to property and people.
We at one point decided to turn off the main road to go and find a place we’d seen some time ago but daftly we couldn’t remember the name of the place, was it called Ovington? In fact later we realised it was in fact Avington, we were looking for but in the meantime we got fantastically lost!
We took a turning down this glorious road, it looked stunning even in the constant torrent of rain that was cascading out of the clouds up above. We didn’t stop because I didn’t have my camera on me, plus the dry comfort of the car was far more appealing, however I made a note of the location to revisit. We ended up in Winchester and had some lunch there in a great place called Forte Tearooms.
Fast forward one week and this morning I went back on what has been a gloriously warm day for this time of year. In fact the whole weekend has been delightful.
Side note – I have started putting together a new way of tracking locations and ideas for future photography outings, which invariably end up turning out to be great healthy walks too. I found some more locations today that I didn’t want to forget about, so they’ve been duly noted 🙂