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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Street Art in Rome

If there had been a app, or a street art walking tour of Rome, we would have signed up but we couldn't find anything so we had to make our own as we did in Lisbon. It was a fun endeavor as you need to get out of the tourist center to find any concentration of street artists work.
Jessica Stewart's photography blog documenting street art in Rome suggested San Lorenzo was one area  to check out. It's a neighborhood near the University, heading away from the center past Termini stain station. Its a little grimy and studenty with a artsy/trendy vibe, if you go don't expect somewhere that is fully gentrified, but you will see a smattering of hip shops and cafes. 
We struck out on the arts cooperative we were looking for (it was closed) but found plenty of great art to share. As in Paris there were lots of past ups and stencils, along with with works that had an overtly political theme, see "Need Food not Football" below.
While there is a lot of tagging and street art throughout San Lorenzo probably most interesting for us was a one square block area with street art decorating the entire wall. The wall is very high and provides a large palette for a number of artists. Why didn't I think to photograph this with something that adds scale? I presume this was a city sanctioned project, at least to start with. A number of these works are several years old including this one by Hogre with a nod to Hamlet below.
This rather chilling piece with repeated life-sized paper dolls that went on and on, highlights the number of women dying violent deaths.
I love the number placement of this paste up!
 Who can resist a well dressed rabbit?
 A street art Madeline meets manga.
We took photos in other districts, particularly Trastevere, but it's clear that graffiti and street art are more aggressively dealt with in the historic center. Here's are some pieces from elsewhere in the city.



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