Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Romans have returned

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Russian writing and a rather ridiculous rendering of a Roman.
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Right after you enter Jaffa Gate into Jerusalem's Old City, you will see him.
Reflection of the gate is visible in the moneychanger's window.
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All these Rs are for ABC Wednesday.
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22 comments:

anthonynorth said...

This Roman doesn't look too dangerous. Enjoyed that.

kris... said...

Wow, that is rather ridiculous!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Dina! What a coincidence! I have also a post about the Romans!
They were important for Great Britain and also for other European countries like mine. Maybe they were even our ancestors, they certainly affected our languages these Romans.

Jane and Chris said...

He does look foolish doesn't he?
Jane x

Roger Owen Green said...

Thought they'd LEFT!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Winchester Daily Photos said...

They have returned to create an empire by stealth!

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, a ridiculous-looking Roman. Someone must have had him left over from something else and put him to work.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Rather ridiculous indeed!

Reader Wil said...

You're right they were destructive. The Romans were here as well and killed whoever opposed them.

Rayna Eliana said...

LOL. Great shot.

Pietro said...

Funny, a bit "surprising", no?...

DawnTreader said...

Looks a bit like he could come out of the Asterix comics...

Spiderdama said...

Hehe, nice:-)

VP said...

What have the Romans ever done for us... to merit this!

hocam said...

DawnTreader, that was my thought too. I thought he was from Asterix.
It would be interesting to know what was written in Russia.

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for the memories of Asterix & Obelix, years since last seen/read.

Please have a good Wednesday.

(Found the Synagoge of Athens today. Will send you the picture tomorrow.)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I had the same reaction as DawnThreader. You nailed the Rs with this post.

Ann said...

Why Russian writing? Very strange.

Karl said...

Nice Roman... :)

Kay said...

Actually, a harmless Roman is a nice Roman to have around.

JM said...

What a very funny Roman! As others have said it seems to have been taken from one of the Asterix books. :-)

Dina said...

Dina's comments on your comments:

If there is anyone who has never seen the very funny and true Monty Python "What have the Romans ever done for us," Reader Wil was good enough to post it for us:
http://readerwil.blogspot.com/2011/05/abc-wednesday-r-for-romans.html

Yes, it's a shame he looks so pathetic, but he IS attention-getting there at Jaffa Gate.

Having grown up in the USA, I am not so familiar with Asterix.

The sign in Russian advertises guided tours in Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, etc.

Why in Russian? Well, the Russian "tourist industry" is growing rapidly. There are now more Russian tourists visiting Israel than American tourists.
And Israel is home to maybe about a million Russian-speaking immigrants. Russian is a lot quicker for them to read than Hebrew.