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Sicily to Rome, September 20, 2013

At 8:15 this morning, we said good-bye to Tom and Peg, who are on their way to see Tom’s cousins and relatives in Termini-Imerse near Palermo, and to Guiseppe at Hotel Trieste. Aetna was steaming as we passed her on … Continue reading

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Taormina, a Haiku-ish version, September 19, 2013

It’s 10:30 p.m. and we have to be up early to catch our flight back to Rome. The program that I usually use for photos has stopped working this evening, we’ve been plied with delicious liqueurs by the restaurant and … Continue reading

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Mount Aetna, September 18, 2013

On the flanks of Mt. Aetna at about 6,000 feet, looking at the 2001-2002 lava flows.  The poles for the old funicular have been abandoned, and a new one built alongside to take people up to about 9,000 feet (the … Continue reading

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“Siracusa — the most beautiful of all Greek cities” — Cicero

The coastline of Ortygia, the island connected to Siracusa.  This was one of my desires in coming to Italy — blue Mediterranean sea stretching to the horizon, under a warm sun. Would Cicero say the same about Siracusa today? I … Continue reading

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Catania, Sicily, September 16, 2013

The view from our balcony at the Hotel Trieste — looking west; setting sun. We like this life — a black limousine picks us up in front of our Rome apartment, and whisks us to the airport. There’s no one … Continue reading

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Roman Sunday, September 15, 2013

A lion, stalking his destiny outside the church of Santa Maria de Trastevere. The thunder was rolling this evening, and the kids saw lightning on the way home from the gelato shop, suggesting that we are not yet done with … Continue reading

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When in Rome, September 12, 2013

  When in Rome, accept the fact that the Internet is going to be on a Roman Holiday (whatever that means), and not cooperating. For the last couple of days, our apartment connection has been going downhill, until this evening, … Continue reading

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The Pope, St. Peter’s, and the Pantheon, September 11, 2013

Pope Francis on Jumbotron, September 11, 2013. Many thousands of people want to see the Pope. Many thousands want to visit St. Peter’s. Pilgrims we all may be, but the journey is not for those with little patience, Speaking only … Continue reading

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Great Expectations, Rome version

The lower levels of the Coliseum. Expectations make poor traveling companions. They are our hairshirts, our “true pilgrims,” our crosses to bear. They are never satisfied, always complaining that we’ve slighted them. They pout a lot. Meanwhile, we are figuring … Continue reading

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Rome, Day 1, September 9, 2013

Street market, Piazza di San Cosimato, around 1:00 p.m. so some of the displays are sparse. Sunshine, much of the day, and a breeze.     Notes from the day:   Some of us slept until nearly noon, catching up … Continue reading

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