A visit to Mediolanum Santonum (Saintes, France)

Having had my trip to ‘Roma Nova’ cancelled in June, I was thirsty for some Roman input. But it’s not easy going on a trip in the middle of a raging world pandemic.

However Saintes, in Charente Maritime, is only two hours by fast autoroute from where I live and still in the green zone […]

Roma Nova on Jo Frances Penn's Books and Travel podcast

Travel is a wide concept. It doesn’t just mean trotting up the steps to a plane or sitting back looking out of a train window, or even visiting entrancing and exotic places.

Travel can be in the mind, across hundreds or possibly thousands of years, into other realities and mentalities, even into an alternative […]

Sunday picture - Villa Jovis, Capri

Villa Jovis, Tiberius’s palace on Capri, completed in AD 27 and from where he then ruled until his death in AD 37.

The entire complex spanned several terraces with a difference in elevation of about 40 metres and covered 7,000 m² (1.7 acres).

Reconstructions by Carl Weichardt (1846-1906), German architect – Das Schloß […]