Mosaic detail of the fight between the tortoise and the cock. Each mosaic has some sort of Biblical or historical symbolism, but I'm not able to remember much...I admit, my fascination with the mosaics is much more aesthetic in origin.
More detail from the mosaic pavement in the basilica, taken without flash.
There are 2 crypts in the basilica, also covered in mosaics and featuring frescoes from the 12th century that depict the origins of Christianity in Aquileia (no photos due to no flash rule and lack of tripod).
Classic Ali and Rico arm's length photo inside the 5th centry baptistry.
View of the belltower from the archealogical walkway behind the basilica. Unfortunately, the day was quite overcast but with bright light, making it hard to take decent photos with the point-and-shoot.
This once was the site of the Romans' fluvial port. A lime green, moss-covered trickle is all that is left today.
Ruins of the fluvial port structure, with a modern-day soccer field in the background.
Reconstruction of arches and columns at entrance to fluvial port. I love all the scroll detail!
Rico and I went out one of the secondary exits of the Aquileia site, and had to walk along the highway for a bit to get back to our car. This was the view through a gate along the road. Ah, Italy!
After visiting Aquileia, we headed to Grado. Rico went crazy with all the sailboats in the marina.
A group of painters worked to capture the imagery of the main canal.
Rico decided Grado would be an "acceptable" place to have a sailboat, if he were forced to lead such a hard life at any point.
This photo is from another day, but I love it. Here we were walking around Gorizia, if I remember correctly. I am wearing my favorite necklace, one I made from a bit of abalone shell my mom found on the beach in California. I wrapped it with some silver wire, put it on a cord, and now wear it all the time.