|MONASTERY OF SAN ISIDRO DEL CAMPO (NEAR BACKGROUND) AND THE CITY OF SEVILLA (FAR).|
CHECK OUT THE AGAVE AMERICANA IN BLOOM IN THE FOREGROUND (LEFT).
As usual, I'll keep the history lesson short and, I hope, sweet. The Emperor Trajan was born in Italica in 53 AD. He was the first Roman Emperor to be born in a distant Roman province. His nephew and heir, the Emperor Hadrian (born in 76 AD), spent part of his youth in Italica. The area was considered of high strategic value and was officially settled by Roman soldiers who had been injured in a battle against the Carthaginians. In a nutshell, Dave and I walked the streets and saw the remains of a once-powerful and prosperous city more than 2,000 years old. The park is a work in progress. Digs continue and the city is being painstakingly excavated.
|VENUS ENJOYING SOME SHADE NEAR THE PARK ENTRANCE.|
(UNCONCERNED ABOUT THE SUN BEATING DOWN ON HER HEAD... OR ARMS.)
|HOUSE OF THE PLANETARIUM.|
|SANTIPONCE CEMETERY IN BACKGROUND (BEHIND WHITE WALL).|
|THE EMPEROR TRAJAN. BORN IN ITALICA IN 53AD.|
|SANTIPONCE AND SEVILLA IN BACKGROUND.|
|THE HOUSE OF THE BIRDS.|
WITH A CREPE MYRTLE IN BLOOM (TOP PHOTO), TO REMIND ME OF ALICE.
|MORE OF THE HOUSE OF THE BIRDS.|
YOU CAN SEE THE STATUE OF TRAJAN IN THE DISTANCE.
|THE THERMAL BATHS INCLUDED HOT, WARM, AND COOL ROOMS WITH POOLS;|
MEETING SPACES; EXERCISE AREAS; LIBRARIES; AND MORE.
|TRYING TO PROTECT HERSELF FROM THE BAKING SUN,|
AN ARCHAEOLOGIST DIGS UP MORE TREASURES RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.