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Day 32: Il Papa Ha un Occhio Nero

Following Father Levi’s advice, we were up at the crack of dawn, and cabbed our way over to Vatican City to get in line for the Papal Audience.  While it didn’t officially start until 10AM, we arrived shortly after 7, and stood with hundreds of others waiting for the security gates to open so we […]

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Day 31: Up One Side Then Up The Other

Sorry for the posting delay.  Between travel home, jet lag, and sickness, I’ve been neglecting my photoblog responsibilities. ROMA!! Tuesday morning, we left the house early, stopped for breakfast at RomAntica, the restaurant downstairs, then began our wanderings of the city.  Our eventual goal was to stop at the Pontifical North American College to pick […]

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Day 29: Colosseo Roma

The skies opened up and dropped enough weather on Rome to close one of the airports and cancel a bunch of flights from the other, leaving E in quite a predicament. I ventured out in the morning, in the downpour, to try to find something for breakfast, but the little store across the way wasn’t […]

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Days 27 & 28: One Last Sunset & One Long Drive

We spent most of Friday recovering from the hike up Stromboli, packing our stuff, and putting the house back together. There were quick runs to the store for foodstuffs, and P made another great risotto for dinner. Everyone was up early on Saturday for The Caravan to Roma. Due to a SNAFU with their rental car, […]

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Day 26: BEHOLD THE VOLCANO!

Jaunt to Tropea for lunch, then down to the docs to await the boat which would take us to Stromboli. The trip took about an hour and a half, and we arrived with about 2.5 hours to kill on the island before heading out for the nighttime show that would hopefully happen. We climbed to […]

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Day 25: Fancy Food and Fancy Sunsets

The day started off with a run to La Trecciotta, the local produce market run by Antonio and his family.  The first time mom and I went in, there were samples to taste in our face before we were five paces inside the market.  He helped us carry stuff around the store.  He and his […]

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Day 24: Torretta Briatico

If you look west from the back yard, there is a lump on an outcrop that is all that’s left of Torre Sant’Irene. Dad and I were hoping to get out there to take some pictures, but from the maps, it looked like the only access was through one of the resort areas in the […]

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Day 23a: Adventures in Granita

We set off on a journey to Zambrone (named for the guy that drives the Zamboni) to see if we could find a seaside lunch place.  Zombrone, however, is ENTIRELY resorts and (beautiful) beaches, with some lunch shacks along the beach.  So we opted to bounce back to Tropea to the lunch spot from the […]

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Day 23b: Sunset

So, normally I would wait till tomorrow to put up today’s pictures, but tonight’s sunset was GLORIOUS, so I’m going to share them now, because I can.  After the rain, the humidity (and the haze) are mostly gone, so we had a great view of Stromboli.

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Day 22: T3 – Rise of the Monastery

The morning after the big rainstorm, the wind was still out of control.  It really stirred up the sea, and made it the most AMAZING colors. Took the babbies out for a mid-morning drive with P because they refused to nap. We, of course, Ingressed a bit while we drove, finding some off the beaten […]

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