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Lunch in Salò has an unexpected twist...

After starting the day with Easter Sunday Mass and a leisurely breakfast, we had to make our retreat from Sirmione before the city shut down for the holiday – no one can come or go by car after 3:00 pm when the sole gate to the mainland is closed.   523 more words

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Oh, to be rich... in the 1st-century AD

When considering the high earning careers of today, those specializing in the arts typically, and regrettably, don’t come to mind.  But oh, to be an acclaimed poet in the 1st-century like Gaius Valerius Catullus. 480 more words

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Sirmione - a sliver of paradise

Our travels took us west this weekend, to Lago di Garda, Italy’s largest lake nestled between mountains to its north and south.

We stayed in the small village of Sirmione, located on a minute splinter of a peninsula jutting into the lake, like a clenched fist on a spindly arm.   389 more words

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Incognito fail - 4

I was reunited today with my beloved car from the states.  It’s a Subaru Forester.  This car is most at home in the mountainous landscape of the Northwest or the frozen tundra winters of Upstate New York.   78 more words

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Incognito fail - 3

Let me preface this story by saying, there is no picture evidence.  It is only with the healing passage of time that I am ready to confess my biggest “whoops” since coming to Italy, given that my ego and vanity were a bit singed initially. 283 more words

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DREAMING OF ITALY

  DREAMING OF ITALY

“Veni, vidi, vici”, I came, I saw, I conquered. That was the old  Julius Caesar talking! The saying today would be more like: “I came, I saw, I fell in love”. 524 more words

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Incognito fail - 2

Picture this:  It’s one of our first days in Italy and the weather is idyllic.  The sky is a clear blue, dappled with just a few fluffy white clouds.   258 more words

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