Hotel Promenade Universale Cesenatico
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Tuesday 27 May
Back in a port today, at Ravenna, Italy, as the cruise draws to a close.I seem to have a virus, so the day at sea yesterday was a very quiet one.It would have been easy to go nowhere today really, but battled on. One man said I could not possibly be so close to Ravenna and not go to see the mosaics. He would not allow it!
(This would be a city for Ross-bikes everywhere, and part ...
... around his neck so it was by his stomach and he just kept pushing the shutter button while looking away. A couple were in some corners taking pictures, and one was being obvious and taking pictures of the dog. When we confronted him he said that's all he was doing--taking pictures of the dog. I noticed he would point the camera at the dog and then when the person holding the leash looked down at the dog he would quickly snap ...
We awoke this morning to thick fog in the valley, low cloud and rain! Welcome to Umbria! Being astute people we decided a day by the pool wasn't likely to be on the cards for today so decided to forsake Italy altogether and try a different country! So, after a pleasant breakfast in the dining room we loaded up the FIAT 500L and set forth for the Most Serene Republic of San Marino ...
Another lovely sunny day! We set out to see the remaining 3 places with early mosaics but were distracted on the way by a market in a piazza. Our first stop was the Arian Baptistry - very similar to the Neonian Baptistry we went to yesterday but built by the heretic Arian sect a few years later. Whilst the skill of the mosaics was fine, the figures were a little crude and simple in comparison. Next was the church ...
Fortified by a yummy breakfast we set out to visit 5 places with outstanding mosaics - all dating from the 4th to 6th centuries AD. They are mostly UNESCO World Heritage sites and it is incredible that they have survived. The first was the Basilica di San Vitale which was built 15 years before Hagia Sofia in Istanbul and was a model for it. It really set the standard for all the mosaics we saw today - spectacular in the Byzantine style of stylised figures and symbolic motifs. Next ...
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