• Fertility goddess, 5000 BC
    Fertility goddess, 5000 BC
  • more cueniform
    more cueniform
  • 2 guys taking a break from the Vatican museum overload
    2 guys taking a break from the Vatican museum overload
  • Stain glass detail in our fave church
    Stain glass detail in our fave church
  • Walking around. Just liked that big old Italian flag in the distance
    Walking around. Just liked that big old Italian flag in the distance
  • Tourists! Trevi Fountain. Guarantees our return, right?
    Tourists! Trevi Fountain. Guarantees our return, right?
  • Guys in funny suits guarding the Vatican
    Guys in funny suits guarding the Vatican
  • You talkin' to me? St. Peter's Basilica
    You talkin' to me? St. Peter's Basilica
  • Marble coming to life, St. Peter's Basilica
    Marble coming to life, St. Peter's Basilica

Entries from Rome

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Arrivederci

  The skies are sobbing. Last night, for Jim’s birthday, we took him to a piano concert. The program of Brahms, Bach, and Chopin was to be enjoyed al fresco in the shadows of the ancient Te

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Last entry from Rome

Late at night here in Rome, my last night before an early morning flight to Crete, Greece. Dolora said at dinner tonight that she’s nervous about the next step. Until now we’ve known the terrain,

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winding down in rome

Leaving is fascinating.   We are down to our last day in Italy, a final sunny morning in Rome before catching an 8am flight to Greece tomorrow. This is it. After 33 days in Italy that began with

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Random Roma (part 3 of 3)

A final batch of Dolora's images of Rome.

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Random Rome (part 2 of 3)

Dolora has a sharp eye when it comes to photos that capture the art and feel of a place. She went through all of our Rome photos and here are her top choices.

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Saint Streetcleaner

  Sunday morning in Rome, just me and the pigeons and six old men at a nearby table at this sidewalk café. A streetcleaner is coming by. I love those machines, its big brushes and water and man

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Tweets (Only not, cause I don’t do Twitter)

I want to be the guy who shushes tourists all day in the Sistine Chapel, “#Silenzio!”   The #Italian Postal System sucks.   #Michaelangelo should have directed Avatar   Jim

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The show moves on…

I left you yesterday in suspense: Would we receive our package from California, our Kindle that we’d come to realize is essential if we want books in English. It was now sixteen days after Jessica s

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A birthday morning

It’s not so early this morning, 8:37am, a late exit from the apartment because a naked Liam jumped into bed with me and discussed the Cleveland Indians’ baseball game. He has very strong opinions

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Victor Emmanuel, Forum, Santa Maria and Coliseum

Images from our day in the Forum, outside the Coliseum, inside Santa Maria de Something-or-0ther, and on top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument.

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Ruins and monuments

Early morning in Rome—my favorite time in any city. I walk the streets in a different way than everyone else, the young Romans off to school and the merchants raising the their gates and the older m

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Random Roma

You can't really take a bad shot of this colorful, artistic, ancient city. Here are some of its big sites and lesser known treasures.

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Our apartment and some sights

On Sunday we moved from one apartment in the leafy, orderly northern section of Rome to another right in the center of the city--old, cobblestoned, twisting, beautiful. Here are some photos of that ap

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An apartment day

It’s 4pm on a warm Tuesday in Rome. Outside our apartment in the old section of the city, where the cobblestones from a thousand years ago are uneven and shiny, the church bells are chiming an hour

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Liam’s day at school

Liam spent a full day in class at Waldorf Rome. How was it? Here are his cryptic comments verbatim to our questions:   What was your favorite thing about today?   English class.   What

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While I’m waiting…

I dropped Liam off at school at 8:30 this morning. It’s too far of a commute to return to our apartment in the center of Rome and then return to Monte Mario to fetch him at 2:40pm, so here I sta

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First photos of Rome

In this gallery are images from our first four days in Rome, spent in an apartment along the Tiber River in the northern, leafy section of the city. Here are images of our apartment, of the Vatican, o

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Waldorf School in Rome

High in the hills on the outskirts of Rome sits a Waldorf school--the kind of school that Liam attends back home in California. For one day in September, Liam joined twelve other Roman children for a

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Sunday in Rome… and Liam goes to Waldorf

It’s Sunday morning in Rome. I’m sitting on a bench near the Tiber River with runners and bicyclists passing by on this path at my feet. Behind me is light traffic, the loudest sound coming from t

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My night as a Brazilian

I’ve heard that we’re in Rome.   We’re hardly aware of it. For these first three days we’ve stayed in an apartment in the northern part of the city in a quiet residential section near the

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The Vatican

It’s now 9pm, and I’m lying in bed (or is it “laying in bed”?) trying to ease the ache out of my legs from walking to Vatican. Yes, at 5pm we finally roused ourselves and left the apartment. T

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First morning in Rome

    We arrived last night after a flight from Bergamo in the north to Rome in the south. Our only glimpse of Rome was the madness of the bus ride from the southern airport into the center of