Rome’s Taxis, Tourists and Tiramisu

  Emerson once admonished readers “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” The taxi driver on our first day in Rome apparently reads Emerson. During the short trek from our hotel to the Coliseum I believe he hopped three curbs, zipped along the sidewalk a half mile in a congested area and displaced several dozen startled tourists, cussing loudly at other drivers he deemed in his way. He was also terribly interested in participating in whatever conversation we tried to have, a fascinating spectacle since he spoke no English. He helped himself to my chewing gum, and ... [Read More]

Aspirations, Aviation and Auberge

  Do you have a bucket list? If not, make one. No matter how possible or impossible, expensive or cheap, practical or silly our dreams may seem, we should all have a list of aspirations and goals, things we’d like to accomplish or do before our time on this earth expires. Life is too short and lately I have been reminded how abruptly it can end. Why put off til tomorrow what can be savored today? When I was in my early twenties (not so recent a time as I would like) I added to my bucket list a visit to Italy for my 30th birthday. I was absolutely ... [Read More]

Wrong about Italy

Ask just about anyone which country is older - the United States or Italy – and most would answer Italy without hesitation. They would be wrong. Italy, as a nation, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. (The United States was working on its 16th president and warring over whether slavery was really a good idea when Italy was born.) The Kingdom of Italy had a rocky beginning, with many lands being reclaimed from colonial powers like France, Prussia and the Austrian Empire over the middle decades of the 19th century. Italy shed itself of a monarchy and flirted with fascism under Mussolini before becoming the republic it ... [Read More]

When in Rome…

Rome: June 6-8, 2010 Ahhh, Rome… what an incredible city. This was the first trip for my husband, Jack, and me, but I think if we were go to a thousand times it would still be as magical. The history, the architecture, the people, the food; it’s something to behold. Because so many people already know so much about Rome, I’m not going to put the usual tourist photos up here; how could I hope to have a shot of the Colosseum that even comes close to the thousands people have already seen? … So, here are some of the not-so-usual sights from our experiences: This hotel came ... [Read More]