Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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Roma, September 8, 2013

We were as surprised as anyone to be finally jouncing along the Via Trastevere in the middle seats of a chauffeured van on the way to our apartment. The trip to London had been uneventful, and almost pleasant. The seats … Continue reading

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