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Cruising in the Time of Covid

Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 | Views [81]

EVERY CRUISE LINE HAS ITS OWN FLAVOR and Covid has turned everything upside down and all around. In addition to the cruise room/charge card that every cruise line uses, this time we have a bracelet that functions as a Covid-tracker in case someone on ... Read more >


Oops! My Bad

Monday, 8 Nov 2021 | Views [80]

I THINK I MADE A BIG MISTAKE. The Virtuosa hasn’t even left port and there’s talk of mutiny. Some of the passengers boarded in Barcelona so they’ve had more time to pile up grievances. They skipped Marseilles entirely and couldn’... Read more >


The Gardens of Villa d'Este in Tivoli

Sunday, 7 Nov 2021 | Views [104]

TIVOLI GARDENS IS AN AMUSEMENT PARK in Copenhagen. The garden at Villa d’ Este in Tivoli, Italy is, in a word, AMAZING! Despite the gloomy weather forecast—they haven’t been right all week—and fighting with the ticket machine, ... Read more >


Ostia Antica

Saturday, 6 Nov 2021 | Views [78]

IT SEEMED LIKE THE ROMAN GODS had conspired to keep us from visiting Ostia Antica. It was closed in 2012 due to snowy weather the first time we tried. Yesterday we again took the metro and a train to the site only to learn tickets were available only ... Read more >


Roamin' Around Rome

Friday, 5 Nov 2021 | Views [77]

LEGEND SAYS IF YOU THROW A COIN in the Trevi Fountain—right hand over left shoulder for best reults—you will return to Rome. We certainly got our euro’s worth—this is our fourth visit!         ... Read more >


Photos: Rome Again

Friday, 5 Nov 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Pompeii—It's A Date!

Tuesday, 2 Nov 2021 | Views [111]

FROM OUR 2012 JOURNAL ENTRY after our first visit to Pompeii— If you lived in Pompeii, August 24 in the year 79 AD would have been a good day to be out of town. Around noon, Mt. Vesuvius began pouring tons of ash into the sky.  It had been ... Read more >


Iconic Pompeii

Sunday, 31 Oct 2021 | Views [81]

IF YOU WERE A ROMAN IN POMPEII, August 24 in the year 79 AD would have been a good day to be out of town. That’s because a 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, only ten kilometers away, initially covered Pompeii with three-meters of ash. The pyroclastic ... Read more >


The Names Have Changed But Paestum Is the Same

Saturday, 30 Oct 2021 | Views [73]

PAESTUM, THE CITY FORMERLY KNOWN as Poseidonia, was a thriving Greek port in the 6 th Century BCE—the Romans changed its name when they took over in 273 BCE. When the river silted up creating a malarial swamp, Paestum suffered from increasingly ... Read more >


Roman Ruins at Herculaneum

Friday, 29 Oct 2021 | Views [74]

CASA CINQUE DOESN’T HAVE MUCH CURB APPEAL. Our neighbors fight like Ralph and Alice and the bar downstairs is jumping on weekends, so we keep our earplugs nearby. The fourth floor flat— terzo piano —does have two bedrooms, a practical ... Read more >


Photos: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum

Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Porano and Spoleto

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021 | Views [89]

PORANO ISN’T A HILL TOWN—IT’S MORE of a “Hill Hamlet” but it has just as much charm as its big brother across the valley. Lo Sperone , our AirBnB of the moment, is simply wonderful—an entire house with two bedrooms, ... Read more >


Autumn in Orvieto

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 | Views [74]

LIVING IN A HILL TOWN LIKE ORVIETO must be inconvenient. For us just getting there was a pain in the tuchus. Besides the narrow, winding, one-way streets and lack of parking, Orvieto is old. Medieval old. It’s charming to tourists like us but the ... Read more >


Photos: Orvieto and Spoleto

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Sunday in Bologna

Sunday, 24 Oct 2021 | Views [67]

WE JOINED THE THRONG HEADING FOR Piazza Maggiore; Sunday strollers, young lovers, families with kids, gaggles of girls, herds of guys and dog walkers including a group with about 30 greyhounds—dog racing (amateurs only, no betting) is popular in ... Read more >


Michelangelo Sculptures in Bologna

Friday, 22 Oct 2021 | Views [117]

IT SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES being in Bologna, not that we’ve been here before. The car was due back at 10:30, check in’s not until four and now we’re standing on the corner with no idea where we’re at, where we’re going or what ... Read more >


Photos: Ravenna and Bologna

Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Revisiting Ravenna

Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 | Views [80]

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY to Ravenna—Autumn arrived. With the all the road construction, impromptu stops to photograph the fall colors and time for a picnic lunch, the 90-minute drive from Arezzo took nearly twice as long. Back in 2012 ... Read more >


High on Arezzo

Monday, 18 Oct 2021 | Views [97]

THE CHURCH OF SAN DOMENICO IS THE ZENITH of Arezzo. It isn’t the best thing, by far, but it may be the highest and this morning Connie lead me, huffing and puffing, for a visit. And I said Arezzo wasn’t a hill town!     ... Read more >


Photos: Arezzo, the Forgotten Town

Sunday, 17 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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