Monthly Archives: October 2014

Post mortem post

We’re in Barcelona where our adventure began. Tomorrow we leave Europe behind. I thought I would do a little bit of reflecting on what worked and what didn’t and what I would do differently, partially for myself and partially for … Continue reading

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Arrivederci Roma

Today was the final sightseeing day of our trip. Tomorrow we begin the long slog home, first a short flight to Barcelona, then Friday three legs to Amsterdam, Seattle and finally Portland. Thank you, dear reader, for following along on … Continue reading

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Upon this rock I will build my church

We spent today at the Vatican, first the Basilica of Saint Peter, then the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. This was our second time visiting. No matter how many times one enters it, St. Peter’s is amazing. First there is … Continue reading

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Crossing the Tiber

South of the center of Rome lies the neighborhood of Trastevere, literally “across the Tiber”. Our journey today took us there. We began on Isola Tiberna, a small island in the river. It was near here over two millennia ago … Continue reading

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The Eternal City

I love Rome. Of the 8 or 10 big cities I’ve visited in Europe it’s my favorite. Maybe it’s the Roman people, elegant and exuberant, maybe it’s the tiny streets of the old city, maybe it’s the timeless architecture thrilling … Continue reading

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Amalfi

Amalfi, the very word congers images of romantic sunsets overlooking the azure sea. Sophia Loren, Rudolf Nureyev and Gore Vidal each called it home for a time. The elite of Ancient Rome came here to get away from it all. … Continue reading

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Coming back to Sorrento

Yesterday’s adventure, which included four hours of train travel, left us a little drained so we hung out at the hotel until around noon. We then walked to Piazza Tasso in the center of town and had a bite. It … Continue reading

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Buffalo cheese and more old stuff

Water buffaloes were accidentally introduced into the region south of Salerno sometime around the 9th c. C.E. from Asia by Turkish pirates. How buffaloes got on pirate ships nobody seems to know. They soon naturalized, becoming somewhat wild, living in … Continue reading

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Once more into the breach dear friends

To say Pompeii is crowded is like saying Louis the XIV built a nice little chateau. Yet, despite the hordes of slack jawed tourists obediently following their masters holding aloft tiny placards and the fact that parts are, as usual, … Continue reading

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Basso living

Vesuvius broods over the the Bay of Naples like some great beast. Even at night it is visible as the absence of light on the otherwise brightly lit shore. We arrived in Sorrento around ten-thirty last night after 3 hours … Continue reading

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