Broken, but still Picture-Perfect: for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is ‘Broken’. Some things are really photogenic when they’re broken and in ruins, and millions of tourist every year, pay good money to visit them and take endless photos like these.

The Colosseum, one of Italy’s most treasure landmarks, was completed in 80 AD, and has been crumbling for many centuries.


I wonder if the labourers who built it, ever imagined that their efforts would one day look like this.Β  I’m sure that those unfortunate people who perished here, would be astonished to know that, way in the future, it would be such a popular tourist attraction.


There is so much ‘broken’ stuff in Rome, and I was quite happy to walk my legs off, in order to see as much of it as possible.


Do you also have a love affair with ruined buildings and broken stuff? If so, you may want to join in Ailsa’s challenge this week.

Oh yes, before I go, here’s a dumpster full of broken stuff outside our ‘abandoned house’. This is the second one that hubby has filled! He’s certainly been having a smashing time. πŸ™‚



75 comments on “Broken, but still Picture-Perfect: for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

  1. Great entry and great views … to the challenge – I haven’t been playing for a while. I understand that you have your hands full with the new OLD house.

  2. Oh I love these ruins Sylvia. I remember being absolutely fascinated with Pompeii and a coliseum there but not been to this one in Rome. The history is astounding, I just love to imagine what it must have been like in its heyday. Great stuff on your house too…hubby is definitely having a smashing time, love it πŸ™‚ xx

  3. Nice captures of such an impressive piece of ancient architecture Sylvia ! Still can’t quite believe it could apparently hold as many as 50 – 80,000 people ..
    How many skips to a finished renovation project I wonder πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Poppy. I’m sure those Romans must have been crammed together like sardines in a tin. πŸ˜• Hubby says the second skip will be the last one. Anything further can be put out for the normal ‘heavy trash’ collection.

  4. quanta storia scorre sotto i ponti e sotto il cielo della CittΓ  eterna! Ogni volta che ci ritorno scopro sempre nuovi angoli da guardare ed anche grandi monumenti non ancora rotti per fortuna!
    buongiorno mia cara

  5. Wonderful!

    We saw a fascinating National Geographic documentary on building the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Coloseum, and Chartres Cathedral ~> Engineering the Impossible.

    • This is very true. We’ll never know, since cameras weren’t invented then. 😦 I think that once the Colosseum has been renovated, we should have more of an idea about what it used to look like. I’d love to go and see it then. πŸ™‚

  6. Broken stuff fascinates me, as long as it’s not my own stuff that’s broken! I think there must have been a lot of slaves of broken spirit and near-broken spines who were forced to construct some of the ancient buildings we now cherish. I wonder which ruins of ours tourists will visit in the way-off future.

  7. * sigh* now you’ve just made me want to go back to Rome again. They were doing a bit of restoration work on the outside of Colosseum when we were in Italy so I can imagine how amazing it must look now

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