21 July 2011

that's amore

I've done a bit of traveling in my 20 years, yet somehow, never made it to Rome. For a last hoorah of the summer, my family took a short trip to the Eternal City, the Beautiful City, the Ancient City. I don't know what it feels like to fall in love, but if it's anything like the way I felt in Rome, sign me up. Now.

We rented an apartment instead of getting a hotel like we had done in Amsterdam the summer before. However, Amsterdam in June & Rome in July are 2 totally different cities. Rome is HOT, and they don't rock the air conditioning like we do in the USA. The apartment was on the 5th floor and only had a small air conditioner that really just didn't cut it. That first morning after being up all night, taking the Metro to then carry my bag up 5 flights of stairs... was probably the low point of the trip, but again, I was in Rome. No complaining.

The week was incredible. I ate a lot of pasta, drank a lot of wine and enjoyed it so much.
 This is our apartment, about a 5 minute walk from the Spanish Steps.

 This is my family, having a small pre-dinner snack in the Piazza Navona.

 St. Peter's Basilica.

 Our waiter decided to be funny with my pasta.

 I threw a penny in the Trevi Fountain to promise my eventual return to Rome. 

Gladiators not included.



  1. is the photographer/ cuddos, greetings from the barrys, or at least one/me. julie is doing well and manages the dental practace that i built for 30 years for the dentist that i sold it to. she loves her job. i do one day a week of dentistry,non cosmetic stuff at a prison in lafayette la on men and women. i meet some interesting folk. one guy wanted me to get hm out of pain but would not open up because he said his teeth was too unorganized. i also do work periodically on national guardsmen deploying overseas to get their mouths healthy prior to. i have a simple one room dental office in my country abode where i can do general dentistry on anyone i want and whatever i want. life is good. i raise chickens, roosters, goats, a donkey, a dog named catu. no girlfriend yet but i still like to look at them and flirt. some travel domestically but waiting for you to complete your travel journal so as to plot out the way for me. clare, you write well and have an enchanting way of painting a story. i can see it very well. i like your style. i like humor myself with vivid analagies of factual info. you would enjoy the john mcphee reader so as to expose yourself to a captivating style of writing that we all coulda ,shoulda do more of or at least think that way. i want one day to write short work on some of my escapades and maybe even renact them. adam studies hospitality management and you will one day see him in your studies/travels. he is awesome at what he doew in the restaurant position he holds and advances rapidly due to his pleasant demeanor, hard work and making people feel like the star. he never gets ruffled up and stays cool like a cucumber. he has two more years i think. matthew has the same time left in mechanical engineering and i think he could even fix a broken heart. he i a great builder, learns quickly from the few mistakes he makes and helped/ ramrodded thruough the construction of my home . it is of spanish architecture and your dad and i enjoyed a great time here. one day, your family may enjoy coming here in april for the festival international , lafayette la , google it out , a free festival with top acts from around the world. way different from the n.o. jazz fest . wonderful food/ acts, plays, kids area, etc. i have a free place for you to stay with your fam/ friends sil vous plait. hey, we have had tons of rain here, 15 inches last monday with flooding and i see from the pics in venice that all of your streets there have flooded. some people here were forced to use boats also. hope it did not leave you stranded. well , nice seeing you in photo, you look good and happy and healthy like i remember clare. wow, twenty, i wish i were twenty cause i would get in a boat and head to venice to meet you. love you girl, uncle mike let me know if you get this please, i am not sure of this anonymous thing your dad made me do. i am waiting to get a nock on the door tonite from two big guys with a strait jacket.