A stroll through the Vatican City

I went for a relatively quick stroll through the Vatican City with a colleague this afternoon. It’s spectacular, and busy. I snapped a couple photographs along the way.

I’m planning to return there tomorrow morning to spend some more time taking better photos.

St Peter’s Basilica at night

We have a great view of St Peter’s Basilica from our hotel. I went up to the hotel’s rooftop deck before heading to my hotel room for the night to take a couple photos, including this one:

St Peter's Basilica lit up at night
St Peter’s Basilica lit up at night

We’ll probably get to see more of the Vatican, and other sights in Rome on Friday. For now, we have a pretty good view of this structure.

When in Rome …

One of the perks of working for Automattic is having the opportunity to travel for team and company meetups. I arrived in Rome earlier today for a week-long team meetup.

Because we’re a distributed company, we don’t often have a chance to meet our teams in person. Meetups are fantastic opportunities to get to know the people we work with so much better.

I started capturing my experiences when I arrived at the train station in Modiin on my way to the airport, partly so I could share my journey with my family through a shared Google Photos album.

Here are a couple of photos that I took of the area around our hotel, about a stone’s throw from the Vatican City:

Old sewing machines, and antlers

I walk past an apartment that has a really interesting collection of old sewing machines, and other items including what seem to be antlers of some description. It also looks like they have at least one scythe up there too.

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I find this stuff fascinating for some reason.

Have sandals, will travel

I’ve been meaning to buy sandals to better deal with the Summer heat here in Israel. I finally did that this season. They’re not the sexiest footwear around, but they do the job.

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Pretty Purple

I often walk to the supermarket for our weekly shop. This morning I noticed these pretty purple flowers (roses?) on a street corner.

Google Photos tries hard to come up with creative variations. Its attempt for this one didn’t quite work out, though:

Fireworks for Israel70

My son and I made our annual pilgrimage to Modiin’s Independence Day celebrations to watch the fireworks. As usual, it was a spectacular display, and we stuck around for all three parts of the show.

I took my Nikon camera with me to see if I could capture some decent photos with it too. I intended to take my tripod with me, but didn’t in the end. Instead, I propped my camera up on a bag and left it to capture two 10 second exposure shots of the second round of fireworks.

Even though the images are blurred, I like the outcome for the most part. I also shot some video of the second show with my Nikon:

We almost missed the third part of the show. They started about 15 minutes late and we were on our way out of the park when the fireworks started. It was a spectacular conclusion to the evening for us.

Settling In For The Ride Home

I don’t use Instagram’s Boomerang app that often. It’s fun with my kids at times. I was playing around with it last night when we were waiting for a train and captured this fun video: