I first hit the road somewhere back around 1964. Since then I’ve left a lot of places and arrived to many more. Some call it an itch, some call it a passion. I just like packing a small bag and getting out there.

Gretchen and I have been best traveling companions since 1990. We’ve covered a lot of the planet; Europe, Asia, India, Egypt, Latin America, Russia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America and the US.

Visiting the past gives us a better explanation of why we’re here. We can see what happened along the way. It’s really not that hard to figure it all out and it’s a lot of fun digging into the clues.

Things really haven’t changed that much through the years. We still live in a world filled with cultural creativity, technological advancement, culinary rapture, international scandal, myopic religious tolerance, insensible prejudice, childish power struggles, corrupt governments, conspicuous consumption, abject poverty, incredible wealth, loving people and unbelievable beauty.

Travelling might be a little more inconvenient these days but it is still worth the effort.

I hope you enjoy the website. I spend most of my time writing about the city of Rome and the Roman Empire but we’ll go anywhere with an interesting history, which is pretty much anywhere.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten minutes. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories”. Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451.

All the best,

Jonathan Rome and Gretchen Van Horne

San Francisco, California and the World – Jonathan – Gretchen