An interesting programme on a glorious sunny day in Rome.
Our trusty driver Antonio was waiting to whisk us through the traffic with his usual calm, but collected manner.
We arrived at the Municipal Rose Garden of Rome situated on the eastern side of the Aventine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus arena.
Along with the locals out to enjoy the sunshine we admired the entries in this year's Premio Rosa competition.
In total contrast we were then taken to the MAXXI - the Museum of 21st century Arts which certainly presents a definite WOW factor
Designed by Zaha Hadid who was born in Bagdhad in 1950 and studied architecture in London. She is well known as someone who consistently pushes the boundaries in architecture and urban design.
A brave design in the ancient city of Rome, but I love the juxtaposition of the old and new - always an exciting element.
The view from the attractive cafe where we ate lunch
I thought even her shoes looked architectural!