Archive | October, 2013


Grazie, Roma.

We’ve spent the past few days walking and seeing the sights of Rome.  There is so much to see…and in these eight days we’ve seen a lot!  More baroque churches than we can count; ancient Roman ruins everywhere; elaborate fountains on every corner and pizza; columns and columns and columns…and the list goes on. We […]

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Walking Rome

Today was our day to just walk around central Rome.  Nothing fancy to see…just walking.  Of course, you can’t walk anywhere here without seeing ancient Roman buildings more than 2000 years old, or incredible Renaissance works of art, literally on on the corner, or churches filled with Baroque wonders and artifacts from the ancient Christian […]

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David in the Piazza delia Signoria


We caught another fast train out of the Termini station and headed for a day trip to Firenze…or as we say in English, Florence.  We soon moved out of the rainy Rome region and back into sunny Tuscany where we saw olive groves, vineyards and beautiful green hills.  At 150 mph it was only 90 […]

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Casino at Monte Carlo


We made our way to Monaco via a TGV high speed train from Gare de Lyon in Paris.  High speed trains are wonderful, but for one minor detail.  Don’t try to look at the scenery up close…it’s all a blur as  it flashes past.  Just look out into the distance and you’re fine!  Another word […]

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Moulin Rouge

More Paris

There is much to see and do in Paris…it would take weeks and weeks to see it all.  There are monuments everywhere and there are museums for virtually every subject:  from French Impressionist to Modern Art to well, just about everything…! We also visited the Military Musuem which is located adjacent to Napoleon’s Tomb.  Here […]

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Getting to Normandy For years the four of us (Monte, Aleta, Mona and I) have talked about visiting Normandy.  Monte and Mona’s dad landed there the day after D Day; Aleta’s dad was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered in WWII; and my dad served as part of the garrisoning troops in Germany […]

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