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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

A Roman panorama

View from the lunch table
Shortly before Xmas, a webcam was installed on top of our building, ostensibly as part of a weather monitoring programme. However, I've become addicted to tracking the changes in the sky, watching the hot air balloon rise and fall over Villa Borghese. The satellite feed of global weather movements from the Naval Research Laboratory in California is even more impressive. Unfortunately for you, our webcam seems to be available only on our intranet and I don't want to infringe any copyright by posting snapshots of the feed, so instead I'm posting an excellent photo by a friend here at work*. It shows the edge of the Aventine, St Peter's in the distance, the synagogue, Circo Massimo, the Palatine, the Colosseum and finally Villa Celimontana and gardens. This is our view when lunching on the terrace.
* The original photo is 1.03 Mb, with incredible detail.