Two Roman villas
Two Mondays past
we’ve visited and found several ways
to lose ourselves here
with plenty of cheer
a cure for any malaise

Bignor this time
Mosaics again
under thatch to par excellence
Discovered when farming
at the time quite alarming
in the nineteenth century perchance

Had the place to ourselves
with no-one else here
so we took time to take it all in
Inspired here to capture
in awe and some rapture
this Bignor palace will bring

We took lots of pictures
with details to use
in things that we make when back home
Sculptures and drawings
of mosaic floorings
that antiquity to us has shown


Photo – detail from a 2nd century mosaic floor, Bignor, Sussex, UK – Jempics



And so it was with Romans
Fishbourne finally today
saw Sal and I this morning
venture out and come this way
England’s mosaic glory
tessellated on the ground
tells a tale of history
when in the sixties found
And now this treasure prospers
revealed for all to see
Especially today for
my soulmate Sal and me


Laid in AD 160, this is the mosaic floor of one of the main dining rooms in the north wing of Fishbourne Roman palace, near Chichester in West Sussex. Discovered by accident in 1960 during the laying of a mains water pipe, excavations have since revealed it to be the largest Roman palace in the UK. [Photo – Jempics]

A split down the middle

14 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

Split was a tale of two cities
spread across differing times
Roman columns interspersed
reused with modern lines
Ingenuity prevailed as
walls within walls lay
Preserving parts of history
to see another day

The Diocletian’s Palace
and marbled passageways within
hid secrets in the alcoves
to be found where light was dim
There were many little cafes
and restaurants and bars
Which with the Roman history
made Split spectacular


Photo – Modern day buildings inside the columns of the Roman Emporer Diocletian’s palace built at the end of the third century A.D. Today around two thirds of the modern day city of Split in Croatia is built inside the old palace and garrison – Jempics

The archway in the photo is the one at the centre of the sea-facing facade of the original palace – see thumbnail below.

Malaga II


On our last day in Malaga
it was a cultural day
Leaving early when still cool
to find the castle way

Views of the city from the top
with honeysuckle there
Then down through shaded alleys
Roman columns everywhere

The Museum of Picasso
was the next thing in mind
but Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
was an extra special find

The Roman amphitheatre
was wonderful to see
The Marble seats all still intact
despite the history

Then with temperatures still rising
to Pompidou we went
In coolness of the galleries
two peaceful hours spent

So all in all we have to say
it was spectacular
A very special last day spent
in lovely Malaga


Photo – Puerta de las Columnas (Gate of the Columns) – Akazaba de Malaga, Spain – Jempics

Commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim and inspired by Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, Jackson Pollock’s 1943 work ‘Mural’ was on display as a part of a special European touring exhibition at Malaga’s ‘Museo Picasso.

[‘Malaga II’ is the last of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

Departures (29/8/16)
Malaga I (30/8/16)
Gibraltar (31/8/16)
Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
All at sea (2/9/16)
Lounging (3/9/16)
Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
Vigo (5/9/16)
Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
In from the fog (7/9/16)
Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
Seville (10/9/16)
Malaga II (11/9/16)


Closing photo – Selfie outside of Malaga’s Museo Picasso – Jempics

York I


‘Cross from Clifford’s Tower
On the River Ouse
‘Neath Roman rampart walls of York
Last night I slept and snoozed

There for business meeting
The attraction of this town
Afforded me distraction
Better smile than frown

And there is that here in abundance
With history in spades
So I thought I’d better capture it
Before the memory fades


Photo – Clifford’s Tower – York, UK – by Jempics. (Originally built by William the Conqueror, the runious keep is almost all that remains of York Castle. No-one really knows the origins of the name which first came into use in 1596 but it may have been a reference to the hanging of Roger de Clifford in 1322 on the site).

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