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Milan Cathedral. Near the main entrance is a sundial, engraved with zodiac symbols, installed in 1768 by astronomers from the Accademia di Brera, placed so that it is struck by a ray of sunlight breaking through a hole in the opposite wall. On the summer solstice, the ray strikes the tongue of bronze set in the floor; on the winter solstice, the ray of light stretches out to reach the meridian.

Milan, zodiac sundial, 1768 ~ astronomers from Accademia di Brera. Summer solstice, ray strikes tongue of bronze set in the floor; winter solstice, stretches out to meridian.

Ruins of Rome through the arch of Constantino

The ruins of Rome through the Arch of Constantine. The ruins were one of my favorite parts of Rome.

Civita De Bagnoregio Italy.  Photo by Tanya Hovey Photography

Photo by Tanya Hovey Photography

tunnel

This is the Tunnel of Flowers Walkway in the Gardens of Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace. I've not seen wisteria in yellow

Civita De Bagnoregio Italy.  Photo by Tanya Hovey Photography

Photo by Tanya Hovey Photography

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Another beautiful secret place, the gorge of Alcantara near Taormina. This is a good place to cool off in the summer, and you always find lots of local children playing in the water here. - Catherine Banner, author of THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT, out

Château de Villandry  #french #france #duffyhouse  #chateaudevillandry

Château de Villandry #french #france #duffyhouse #chateaudevillandry

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