KAREN SUE BURNS
Mystery ~ Romance ~ Adventure
TRAVEL

One of my greatest joys is boardng a flight to.....

FLORENCE, ITALY...I've viewed/gawked at David twice in person at the Accadema Gallery in Florence. He is a spectacular example of Renaissance scuplture. Micheangelo created David between 1501 and 1504. Guess what? He's 17 feet tall, made of marble, and photos are NOT allowed. Obviously, I didn't pay attention and heard the guards shouting "No photo" more than once.

To date, I have not thought of a mystery plot involving David other than a statue of a naked man being stolen by, uh, an art thief with a really big truck...and that's so easy. I will keep thinking.

To learn more about David: click here
ENGLAND...Ah, Stonehenge, I've had a hankering to view this pile of rocks for decades. The site is in the English County of Wiltshire, near Amesbury and Salisbury. I remember it as 1.5 to 2 hours from London by motor coach. The monument dates back to 3100 BC and was built with an estimated 30 million hours of human labor....wow, that's a bunch of overtime. It was completed 3500 years ago. The site was used for burials, as a place of healing, and for worship. As a tourist, you look at it from afar yet it is still magnificent.

I do have an idea for a mystery plot involving the question of why was it built and by whom. This idea is defintely on my "to write later" list.

To learn more about Stonehenge: click here
ROME - Oh my goodness, Rome is da bomb. It is the most incredible mixture of centuries old architecture and history coupled with a modern flair. Central Rome is easily walkable in a day and just....wonderful, fantastic, mind-blowing. Can you tell Rome is my favorite place in Italy? I've been fortunate enough to visit the city twice. It a city where I would feel comfortable roaming around by myself. I now know the sections of central Rome and even a hotel or two.

This is a picture of the Colosseum, and its one major wall that is still standing. Completed in 80 AD, it is an elliptical amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Unfortunately, damage from earthquakes and stonerobbers has reduced the structure, yet it is still considered an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators,it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

To learn more about the Colosseum: click here