Monday, April 13, 2009

Rome, Easter and the question of what a vegan Easter-bunny carries around

First of all Happy Easter Holidays to all of you. We have splendid weather here in Germany, which gives the Easter hare or bunny or whatever, lots of opportunity to hide it's painted eggs for the children. Here is a nicely decorated fountain at the market square in the town of Schriesheim, not far from where I live.

Now, seeing all these eggs on Easter and not wanting to eat them anymore, I wondered what vegan people would do during the Easter holidays, or what they cooked for Easter dinner, since Easter food is very much connected to either meat (Easter lamb) or eggs. Funny enough most vegan food blogs were shrouded in silence. Some were baking, but nobody talked about what they will have for dinner. Very strange, since usually they use every opportunity to create something fitting for the occasion. Really strange. At least I can tell you what we had for dinner; vol-au-vent filled with an aparagus ragout and roasted spring carrots.

But now back to Rome; there are still so many photos I would like to share. Alas, I think it would take too long. But a little bit more can do no harm, right? Here is a view of the Tiber Island, the only river island of the whole Tiber. On the photo you can see the clock tower of the Basilica di San Bartolomeo. The island has been connected to healing and medicine since ancient times and nowadays there is a hospital on it. It was nice to cross the Tiber over two bridges and an island :)

The last traces of the December 2008 high water, a smashed boat:

And then we headed towards the Colosseum through the arch of Constantine:

It was erected at the occasion of the victory of Constantin I (the Eastern) over Maxentius, die Western Roman emperor in 312.

And here it is, the famous Colosseum of Rome. the largest ever built amphit theatre (in the Roman empire of course). 50,000 spectators could watch gladiators, wild beasts and other spectacles. For its opening ceremony they even flooded the whole theatre and had mock naval battles in it, full sized ships and all. Very impressive it was.

Here is a view from the Colosseum towards Constantine's arch:

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