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Hello, Livejournal, how long has it been since I haven't posted here ? 8 months ?

That's a long interruption, even for me. I guess I should blame Twitter ? Everybody does, anyway.

So what has been going on in my life recently ?

Last month, I went for a vacation in Italy : I visited Florence, Bologna (shortly), Rome and Naples. It was pretty great and I took lots of pictures which you can see on my flickr.

But since there is a lot of them, here's a short selection :

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In Florence, the weather was gray and rainy almost all the tim I was there.

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I think this was in convent San Marco.

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I arrived in Florence just in time for the Epiphany parade. This is one the three kings.

I also made some videos : here are the kings


And check this flag-flinging action !


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This guy had the most badass banner of the whole parade.

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I don't know about you, but I find horse and hawks much cooler than horses and hounds...

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...and girls with bows much more badass than girls with guns. But maybe that's just me.

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That's in Bologna. This courtyard is part of the university. The school of law, if memory serves.

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Friends !

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Cool coat of arms.

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In Rome, I learned among other things that if this statue of the she-wolf was from the 5th century, the babies were only added in the 15th century.

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The saddest lion (Capitoline museum, Rome)

Epitaph of Menophilos
"While I passed my entire life in joy, smiling, playing and happy, and I delighted my soul with all kinds of pleasures in the art of song, never sorry, I never pronounced offensive words, but (was) a friend of the Muses, of Bacchus and of Aphrodite. I arrived from Asia to Italy, now I rest among the dead while still youthful. My name is Menophilos."
I hope there'll be something as nice as this written on my tombstone.

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The vesuvius was nice enough not to enter in eruption while I was in Naples.

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In the archeological museum. These satues are from the famous villa of the Papyri.

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This protrait is from Pompeii, but I was always struck by how modern it looks, if that makes any sense.

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Pompeii. Mount Vesuvius and what it did.

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Part of the Temple of Isis in Pompeii. Built in bricks and then covered in a layer of stucco to make it look like stone.

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Visiting Herculaneum was like being on the set of "SPQR Blues". This house has an unusual entryway...

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...and this bakeshop belonged to one Sextus Patulicius Felix, known by some as "Lucky Sextus".

All right, that's all for this post. Coming next : wax guts and 70's horror-porn.
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