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California sunshine, October 2013

Anchorage, a brief patch of blue sky on October 14. We left rainy windy Anchorage on October 15. At 8:00 p.m., the power blew out at our house, so we headed for the warm, well-lit airport many hours before our … Continue reading

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Sicilian impressions — Catania Market

  The morning crowd at the Catania Fish Market. The group in the lower right is buying herring (or mackerel?) from a fisherman who has just brought them in from his boat. He’s pulling out handfuls, weighing them, and taking … Continue reading

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Roman Holiday, September 14, 2013

If you were a Roman in the old days, you would not go to Ostia on a holiday. These days, you might, just to look at what was left of a bustling Roman community. We went to Ostia (means “mouth,” and is located where … Continue reading

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Rome, the Eternal City, September 13, 2013

Bernini’s altarpiece, and his “Dove” alabaster window in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Guess the eternal city is a good description for the day, because we spent a sizable chunk of it seeing the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. The … Continue reading

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Veni, Vidi, Vici, Rome, September 21, 2013

View from the Aventine Hill, with St. Peter’s dome, and the Tiber in the foreground. Or, as Regina says, “We came, we saw, we ate gelato.” Our last day in Rome was sunny, hot, and involved some thirteen miles of … Continue reading

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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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