Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Super Rich, Caesar Augustus And Russell Crowe

View Of Monaco 1

On Friday, we went to the Medieval towns of La Turbie and Eze. The former has a Roman ruin called The Trophy of Augustus. The first Roman emperor erected it at the highest point on the coastal road, well visible from the sea, after the conquest of the Alps and Gaul to demonstrate imperial power. You can find out more here. The third picture is a speculation of how the original might have looked. The grounds also have a commanding view of Monaco, one of the rare times we can look down on the super rich.

The fourth photo shows why this department of France is called Alpes-Maritimes. The great mountain range literally plunges into the sea around the French-Italian border.

At dinner last night in Aix, cousin Russell stared down at us us the restaurant of the name on the wall. A bit disconcerting but still a superb meal.                   

Trophy Of Augustus 1

Trophy of Augustine 2

Alpes-Maritimes And The Sea

Dal Gladiatore



8 comments:

Jack said...

I am enjoying the tour. Love peeking in on Monaco and seeing the Roman ruin.

Birdman said...

Despite a GPS that's not cooperating, you look to be having a heck of a vaca. Breathtaking view of the city and million dollar yachts, it looks like.

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you Bob for sharing these beautiful shots.

Norma Beishir said...

What a stunning view!

William Kendall said...

Grand views, Bob. I wondered how Russell would fit into all of this...

Olivier said...

de magnifiques vues qui font rever

Virginia said...

WEll at least one of us got to see and photograph Eze. It's a dream of mine. I"ll probably have to suffice with your wonderful photos B. What a great trip. I"m catching up!
V

Stefan Jansson said...

Nice mix of history and photos.