- Matera in the morning light
We woke near dawn for a morning stroll and picture taking. Somehow, this would start a trend for the rest of the trip—we’d get up, walk about, comeback for breakfast, think about taking that mid-morning nap that we no longer had time for, and then pack up and head out. I’m not a morning person, but somehow it worked out this way. This morning, at least, we did not need to pack up as we were staying another night. And getting out early this day was made easy when Becky spied a scorpion in the room. We were pretty sure that it was still there when we left. Well, at least as long as it didn’t end up in the luggage.
In the light morning, it was a good time to stroll the Sassi. With the warm light reflecting of the buildings and hills, we wandered without a plan in the still cool air just experiencing what appeared before us. The town was quiet with only the occasional resident feeding the cats or the worker preparing to resume the day’s construction project appearing on the thoroughfares.
Matera in the morning light
All good things must come to an end and it was our time to leave Rome. Hopefully, those coins in the Trevi Fountain will work out for us and we will return in the not too distant future.
Santa Maria in Trastevere (HDR processed)
This was Becky’s first visit to Rome and my second. Rome is an amazing city. It lends itself to maniacal sightseeing and is not so much a hanging out and chilling type place. There’s so much to see and the sights are (more…)
Ostia Antica through an IR filter with a little Photoshop
It always seems that on our “last full day” somewhere, something memorable happens. Our last day in Rome continued the trend, though the day started innocently enough.
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In the Frankfurt Airport, on the flight layover, we booked our required reservations by computer for a visit to Villa Borghese. Villa Borghese is one of Rome’s most noted museums and we were set for a visit on Wednesday. With Wednesday arriving, we headed out from our room around midday to visit the museum. Taking the Metro to the Spagna station, we were able to stop at the Spanish steps to take some wedding photos along the way to the Museum.
There are no Starbucks in Italy. This doesn’t have much to do with the day’s activities other than it seems that coffee drinks in Rome are better and much cheaper than at Starbucks in the States. It’s just one of those things that you notice, as you travel, as being different. Not that we go to Starbucks much in the States, anyway. Still, the Starbucks stores are so ubiquitous everywhere you go, abroad or in the States, that their absence is palpable. The only impact for us is that reliable, predictable internet access is not (more…)
Castel Sant'Angelo and Ponte Sant'Angelo overlooking the Tiber
Monday sightseeing started with a trip to see Trastevere. Yesterday we must have walked 10 miles covering a good chunk of old Rome (more…)
The Coliseum in Rome
The Beehive apartment we are staying in is not unlike staying in a friend’s house. We have a nice, large room, but the bathroom and kitchen are shared. It is comfortable enough, but there is some staging in the use of the facilities in the morning.
Duty Free shopping is available in the Frankfurt Airport!
After our typical, frantic last minute packing scrambles, our 6 bags and 85 lbs of luggage consisting of three carry-ons and three checkers made it to San Francisco (more…)
We are on our way to Italy for a two week visit that will feature Rome and Sicily. Over the next two weeks, our schedule looks something like this: