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Franco our Guide

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Franco our Guide
Our guide, Franco, introducing our local guide,Laura. He certainly enriched our experience throughout the entire trip! We're headed out for our first outing to explore and do a bit of tourist shopping in Palermo.
Lobby of Palermo's Des Palmes Hotel
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Lobby of Palermo's Des Palmes Hotel
Palermo: A two frame panorama of lobby inside Des Palmes Grand Hotel.
Teatro Masimo (opera house)
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Teatro Masimo (opera house)
3rd largest Opera House in Europe, 1st built in Europe, Neo classic, built in late 1800's.
Royal Palace's chapel
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Royal Palace's chapel
Capella Palatino built 1130 by King Roger, has both East(Greek) and West(France) built by Moslems, thus the Moorish ceiling
Palermo's Royal Palace Chapel
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Palermo's Royal Palace Chapel
Eastern (Greek) end of rectangular chapel-the dome
a Palermo street scene
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a Palermo street scene
every window, doorway an artistic display. A chinese berry tree in upper left.
Quante costa?
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Quante costa?
Betsie the Bargainer over an Italian fan on the steps to Monreale, a grandios cathedral outside of Palermo.
en route to Monreale
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en route to Monreale
donkey cart is a Sicilian decor-seen on souvenirs.
Monreale
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Monreale
Grandios cathedral 68,000 sq feet of mosaics. 1 generation built it in 20 years (extremely short time)
Square outside of Monreale cathedral
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Square outside of Monreale cathedral
Franco's Chickens Follow Monreale cathedral built during Gothic period, but again built as blend of E & W-western plan, Eastern icons
Monreale
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Monreale
"above imagination"
Monreale
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Monreale
figures are enormous-Christ's hand is 4'6", head is 11', spread of arms is 40'
Greek gods
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Greek gods
Monreale Square (note the recently purchased travel vests)
Everyday Art
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Everyday Art
The outdoor market in downtown Palermo
Fish for Sale-Palermo
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Fish for Sale-Palermo
orange canopy and lights means-we sell fish (plus puts the fish in the best light)
'a cuccagna-Palermo
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'a cuccagna-Palermo
Franco's chickens with 'a ciccagma Trattoria owner Sammarco
Grand Hotel des Palmes
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Grand Hotel des Palmes
Perillo's beautiful bus aside our hotel in Palermo. We toured in this bus until Rome.
Grand entrance to Grand Hotel
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Grand entrance to Grand Hotel
a grande albergo(hotel) and our home for the first 3 nights in Palermo
map of Selinonte ruins
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map of Selinonte ruins
on the african coast, this site offers open temples. 100 years after the first settlers on Sicily's east coast, Trojans and Phonecians settled here for trade-planted fennil. had 70,000 inhabitants. 1st Tunesian War was in this area. Quarry is 10 miles from this site
Elaine our guide in Selinunte
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Elaine our guide in Selinunte
looking out at the ocean and at the ruins
Selinonte Sicily Panor
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Selinonte Sicily Panor
Temple of Hera by the Sea
Temple of Hera-Selinunte
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Temple of Hera-Selinunte
1956 reconstructed-only possible if 60% remains
inside Apollo/Hera Temple
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inside Apollo/Hera Temple
looking into inner sanctem
2nd temple-Selinunte
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2nd temple-Selinunte
Franco's Chickens Follow o'er the hillside steep
2nd temple-Selinunte
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2nd temple-Selinunte
Columns were blocks pieced together15 different gods worshipped-an acropolis is on other side of estuary
Apollo/Hera Temple
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Apollo/Hera Temple
Dovè Matthew?
My favorite lunch
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My favorite lunch
stopped in the beach town of Castlevetrano-a typical Mediterranean summer town The most scrumptous antepasta and BREAD!!!
Castlevetrano Lunch
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Castlevetrano Lunch
A grand view, a grand lunch!!
By the Africa sea at Castlevetrano
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By the Africa sea at Castlevetrano
Fellow dancer, mary and daughter Maria by the beautiful sea at Castlevetrano
Agrigento-in the heart of Sicily
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Agrigento-in the heart of Sicily
Folk dancers at ruins of Agrigento
Agrigento
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Agrigento
It's snowing in Milan, it's raining in Rome, in Sicily it's 'va bene!'
Agrigento by night
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Agrigento by night
the 4 ruins are lit at night-recommend Perillo add to their tour!
Out the window in the heart of Sicily
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Out the window in the heart of Sicily
traveling cross country from south coast to east coast-agriculture everywhere-grapes, almonds, artichokes, WHEAT
entrance to the Roman villa at Armerina
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entrance to the Roman villa at Armerina
village discovered in late 1800's from 290-300 AD w/ sauna's toilets, porticos, corithian columns, sportsroom, family room kitchen, dining room
entering Piazza Armerina
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entering Piazza Armerina
Franco's chickens follow 'Senora bella'
not typical Italian style
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not typical Italian style
As I recall, she is not Italian-you can tell by her color clash-dig those the purple boots!
Armerina
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Armerina
looking down at tile floors-a hot house in the summer!
Armerina
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Armerina
Franco's chickens, grateful for the cool day, otherwise, we'd be roasted by now!
Armerina-outdoor waiting room
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Armerina-outdoor waiting room
note the cyprus trees to the right-symbol of immortality-"In Italy, it's not even convenient to die"-Franco
Armerina gift shop
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Armerina gift shop
Armerino souvenir area
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Armerino souvenir area
"don't touch the dogs, but if you're fed up with life and don't want to go anymore-touch them!"-Franco
Gato!
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Gato!
Franco didn't say anything about the cats-Enjoying breakfast left overs for a picnic lunch.
en route to Taormina
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en route to Taormina
rolling WHEAT fields
Franco-Taormina
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Franco-Taormina
the hotel is just up this small hill
patient Franco-Taormina
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patient Franco-Taormina
movie star or what?
Hotel Villa Diodoro-Taormina
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Hotel Villa Diodoro-Taormina
Finally made it! 9 hair pin turns up the mountain, the bus has to park down the hill.
Taormina
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Taormina
The Ionic sea is below, Taormina city is atop a high hill with Mt. Etna as a distant backdrop
Morning stretch-Mt Etna
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Morning stretch-Mt Etna
Enjoying the view of Mt. Etna, early morning atop Hotel Villa Diodoro in Taormina-Betsie and Mary
Teatro Greco
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Teatro Greco
Greek theater hugging slope of Mt. Tauro above Taormina (short walk)
Teatro Greco-above Taormina
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Teatro Greco-above Taormina
Teatro Greco's natural backdrop
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Teatro Greco's natural backdrop
shows on high Taormina is from the Ionic sea and a bit of the east coast of Sicily looking south-Mt. Etna is off picture to the right
Live on stage-Taormina
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Live on stage-Taormina
Dovè Betsie e Matthew-on stage above the dressing rooms
Taormina Amphitheatre Pan
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Taormina Amphitheatre Pan
Mt. Etna in background
Taormina's public garden
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Taormina's public garden
Charlie's angels?
Iso la Belle (island)
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Iso la Belle (island)
below Taormina-beautiful island-a delicious picnic from the mini mart on a large rock island
Iso la Belle below Taormina
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Iso la Belle below Taormina
We got the Italian bambinos to check out the sea floor-it's rocky but fine for the feet
Iso la Belle's beach
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Iso la Belle's beach
No sand-ALL rocks
TaorminaBeachPanor
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TaorminaBeachPanor
sitting on a rock off the Iso la Belle (beautiful island)
Iso la Belle
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Iso la Belle
a beautiful morning off a beautiful island -below a beautiful city, Taormina
Topography of Sicily
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Topography of Sicily
Sicily means sic-fig, lia-olive 'land rich in figs and olive trees' we were surprised at how rugged it is!
dinner out in Taormina
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dinner out in Taormina
Taormina Trattoria
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Taormina Trattoria
All in the family-Betsie w/ Maria, Gary, Mary & Matthew-chef is part of the family who runs this Trattoria
Syracuse
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Syracuse
Following Franco-it's what we do! this is his Al Pacino coat.
Syracuse-"swamp rich in water"
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Syracuse-"swamp rich in water"
The history of Siracusia is history of Mediterranean. Walled city, larger than Paris-1 million. Here going inside where they kept water, later used for catacombs "Ear of Dyonisius" this is where Giovanni, our guide here, sang to us-in this echo chamber!
Giovanni-Renaissance Man
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Giovanni-Renaissance Man
Greek and Latin scholar, singer, pharmacist, father from Boston, mother French "I am a real Sicilian, a real mess"
Isola Ortigia
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Isola Ortigia
Fish market (see the orange canopy)-stopped for lunchtime on this island near Syracuse.
Artful fish
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Artful fish
Eels, squid, calamari (octopi)
Isola Ortigia
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Isola Ortigia
We ran into Giovanni in a bar and he told us how to get to the main square
Real carriage from 1100's
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Real carriage from 1100's
Isola Ortigia
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Isola Ortigia
We forfeited lunch for ambling
artful alleys everywhere
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artful alleys everywhere
laundry is a thing of beauty all over Italy
Catania
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Catania
Large port town on east coast. Santa Maria ala Scala-man built this church for his wife. all these buildings were property of 1 Spanish family!
Mt. Etna
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Mt. Etna
taken off balcony of our hotel in Taormina-last morning
Mt. Etna
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Mt. Etna
taken from bus desencing Taormina-on about the 3rd hairpin turn
ferry from Messina to Calabria
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ferry from Messina to Calabria
heading to mainland Italy-pictured here are Mary, Gary and Maria-
a typical bus pit stop
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a typical bus pit stop
belly up to the bar-time for cappucino. Pictured are Wally & Trek English w/ Betsie-Ralph and Bob in bkgr.
Columbo Franco
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Columbo Franco
Franco's Columbo coat
going over the Alpennine Mtn range
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going over the Alpennine Mtn range
going north thru Calabria
Lunch in Cozenza
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Lunch in Cozenza
Friends of Franco's prepared us a 5 course lunch-this is only course 1.
Franco's friends
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Franco's friends
The young girl is soon to be married-here preparring the salat course (after the pasta course)
Ani Ollia
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Ani Ollia
Catherine and Charlie-enjoying the spaghetti w/ roasted garlic and grande panne!!!
Franco's friends
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Franco's friends
Franco's wife's brother (sitting in the middle) the owner of the trattoria (standing) Silvano, our bus driver (to the right) and Al Pacino, I mean, Franco w/ the basket of grande panne!
local Trattoria
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local Trattoria
how do you like them rolls!
our Trattoria Hosts
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our Trattoria Hosts
A fond farewell to a divine lunch
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A fond farewell to a divine lunch
Arreviderci e Grazi
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Arreviderci e Grazi
En route to Rome
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En route to Rome
scene in Calabria-almond trees in foreground
Argobolania-Italian Rainbow
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Argobolania-Italian Rainbow
near Largo Negro-we pass towns not cities...several hours south of Salerno-rainbow is blessing this town! this rainbow was a complete arch!
Salerno
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Salerno
Amalfi
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Amalfi
Mediter. Sea-Amalfi
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Mediter. Sea-Amalfi
Caffe in Amalfi
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Caffe in Amalfi
Amalfi
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Amalfi
Refreshment after the Amalfi drive-from Sorrento to Amalfi
Dolche Vita
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Dolche Vita
Art in everyday living
on the amalfi drive
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on the amalfi drive
Amalfi drive impass
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Amalfi drive impass
took about 10-20 min. to back up our bus more than 3 bus lengths to let another bus by, then cars behind us whip around to pass before the oncoming traffic "we need wider roads or narrower busses"-Franco FYI-tourist busses can only go from Sorrento-1 way on the Amalfi drive
Amalfi
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Amalfi
Out the bus window-mirrors on the road reflect the side of our bus. "Don't get scared, do like Silvano and shut your eyes"
Maiori on Amalfi drive
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Maiori on Amalfi drive
Maiori
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Maiori
Sophia Loren lookout
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Sophia Loren lookout
Viewpoint over Sorrento bay w/ 3 trees-where Sophia Loren had a scene in a movie-by the veneer factory (laminated wood mosaic boxes)
Veneer Fctry Rd Ovlk Panor
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Veneer Fctry Rd Ovlk Panor
Geo's Bday-March 25
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Geo's Bday-March 25
couldn't find my camera, they brought Geo the entire platter holding everyone's desserts-biggest bumpy cake ever! Dinner out in Sorrento
dinner out in Sorrento
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dinner out in Sorrento
the ristorante in the heart of Sorrento-like NYC's Tavern on the Green!
Sorrento port
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Sorrento port
waiting for ferry to Capri
Franco's Entire Batch
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Franco's Entire Batch
embarking to Capri from Port Sorrento
Port of Capri Panorama
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Port of Capri Panorama
Anacapri's Mt Solarno
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Anacapri's Mt Solarno
Br-20 min. later it snowed! Arrived by chairlift-great views all around-this is overlooking Capri
Bello Portal
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Bello Portal
taken on stairs from Capri to Docks "Via Acquaviva via Truglio" to the port via stairs
Stairs to Capri
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Stairs to Capri
See Bibbsy (our daughter's cat) leading the way to Capri-these are the stairs to look for from the dock
Franco, our fearless guide
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Franco, our fearless guide
Torna a surriento
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Torna a surriento
Returning to Sorrento from Capri
Follow Franco/Sorrento
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Follow Franco/Sorrento
Franco's Chickens -Sorrento
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Franco's Chickens -Sorrento
group shot, minus Betsie-at Port Sorrento
Sorrento by twilight
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Sorrento by twilight
mary, Trek and Betsie opt for afternoon walk in downtown Sorrento-note light on bell tower in background
city center Sorrento
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city center Sorrento
Caution: Dancers at Work
"Tell us a story Franco"
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"Tell us a story Franco"
Pompeii
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Pompeii
"Today I will bring you back into the past--you will disappear."
Pompeii
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Pompeii
"Dress the buildings with plaster and colors."
Inside Pompei Panor
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Inside Pompei Panor
Jupiter's temple with porticos running down either side-Vesuvius in background
Franco's Roamin' Chickens
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Franco's Roamin' Chickens
Roamin' in Pompeii in front of Jupiter's temple -Vesuvius in background-whole ground minus Betsie & Franco-
Pompeii's Jupiter temple
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Pompeii's Jupiter temple
for your calenders or postals:) "No disaster [eruption] has brought such a benefit to humanity" from the 1800's This is the only place where an entire city is preserved.
Pompeii men's bath house
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Pompeii men's bath house
frescos still vibrant-60' of layers built up over the years. Pompeii was found looking for water! 19 hours of ash fell, small rain of stone-12,000 survivors, 1,000 victims
Bad Boy Bob
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Bad Boy Bob
He who acts up must sit at teacher's feet (in the bathroom)
Trek in the tub
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Trek in the tub
Full size tub and I don't mean the bathing beauty inside! "Really sorry to break spell and wake you up to the future"
Perillo's dynamic duo
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Perillo's dynamic duo
Franco and Silvano-the perfect host and escort! Outside of Naples City Hall square
Naples Square Panorama
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Naples Square Panorama
Neopolitans
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Neopolitans
2nd largest port in Italy
Naples Square by theatre
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Naples Square by theatre
Wedding flower girls
Neopolitan PIZZA
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Neopolitan PIZZA
Mama mia-thatza pizza!
Castlenuavo
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Castlenuavo
Castle built in 12 century-called it then New Castle-stands at the center of Naples by the Port
Caffe Grande?
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Caffe Grande?
EVERY time!!! they filled a Caffe Americano GRANDE- this far- in the cup.
atop Spanish Steps @ sunset
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atop Spanish Steps @ sunset
first night, first walk in Rome, before first dinner
Rome's Trevi Ftn. by sunset
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Rome's Trevi Ftn. by sunset
throw a coin in over your head backwards and return. We're returning!
Poem in Borghese Gardens
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Poem in Borghese Gardens
"Oh Rome! ...city of the soul!..Come and see the cypress...and plod your way o'er the steps of broken thrones and temples...."
Poem in Borghese garden
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Poem in Borghese garden
"Fair Italy!...the home of all Art..."
Dovè Georgio?
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Dovè Georgio?
Gardens behind Villa Borghese-now a Gallery-hint-Georgio ala centre
Rome 'n by Bus
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Rome 'n by Bus
Walk to tobacci, get card, find fermatta (bus stop), find right bus, find machine in bus, don't expect to find a seat!
St Peter's Square Panor
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St Peter's Square Panor
St Peter's square south side
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St Peter's square south side
since 1929 Vatican independent city (Mussolini recognized it as part of conciliation)
St Peter's dome
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St Peter's dome
highest dome in world designed by Michaelangelo when he was 72-for free-in 1500 old church collapsing, Pope Julius built this-500 yrs old now-
view from St Peter's cupalo
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view from St Peter's cupalo
320 stairs above the level of these statutes is the cupalo-with a grand grand view
looking out over St Peter's square from the roof
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looking out over St Peter's square from the roof
halfway up the stairs to the cupalo is the half way point-awesome standing behind Jesus and the apostles.
RomeSkylineFrmStPetCupeloPanor
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RomeSkylineFrmStPetCupeloPanor
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN ROME
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MY FAVORITE PLACE IN ROME
The Capitoline or Capitol Hill or Campidoglio designed by Michaelangelo-grand entrance-best lookout: in the gardens. In back: 2 grand lookouts over the Forum
Roman Forum
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Roman Forum
This is view from Capitoline, w/ Colosseum in background
Il Tinello Ristorante- Rome
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Il Tinello Ristorante- Rome
Table musician in Rome
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Table musician in Rome
Franco's Roman Serenade
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Franco's Roman Serenade
Arrivederci Roma....
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Arrivederci Roma....
O Sole Mio
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O Sole Mio
Vatican Museum
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Vatican Museum
1st of 3 galleries-escavations in 1500 of ancient city from 2000 years ago!
Small, medium, or large leaf?
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Small, medium, or large leaf?
decision was made in 1500 to hide genitalia w fig leaves. Set up factory making sm, med. and large leaves
Vatican Museum
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Vatican Museum
3rd of 3 galleries-Ceiling looks like cameos-3-D but it's not-it's all painted-flat -after the shade of light school-Chiaro scuro
Vatican Museum Maps
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Vatican Museum Maps
3rd (of 3) galleries-map gallery and shaded ceiling
Sistine Chapel Ceiling
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Sistine Chapel Ceiling
taken w/ no flash from back of Chapel
Sistine Chapel-Last Judgement
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Sistine Chapel-Last Judgement
Andiamo-Let's Go!
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Andiamo-Let's Go!
Take 5
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Take 5
take 5 plus an hour, for lunch and stroll around St. Peter's square-feel free to take those thingies out of your ears (tour earphones)
Hi 5
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Hi 5
Millie our on board entertainer
Whatdidyousay?
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Whatdidyousay?
"We'll see you in an hour-bon appetit!
Can you hear me now?
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Can you hear me now?
Wonder if I have time to mail a post card from the Vatican PO?
Inside Colesseum w/ Maurio
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Inside Colesseum w/ Maurio
Built in 72 AD took 8 years to build-then became a quarry! in the 1500's marble etc. was removed
Michaelangelo's athletic Jesus
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Michaelangelo's athletic Jesus
found in Santa Maria sopra (over) Minerva church near Pantheon-carved as an athlete-St Catherine's tomb is also here-her head is in Sienna and her fingers we saw in Sicily!
Pantheon
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Pantheon
looking up into the open air opening in the center of the sanctuary-Raphael's tomb is inside as well as Vittorio Emanuela II-Italy's unifier
Neptune Fount Piazza Navona
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Neptune Fount Piazza Navona
the north fountain-1 of 3 in Piazza Navona-by Bernini
Last Supper-Rome
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Last Supper-Rome
Edoardo Ristorante
Last Supper-Rome
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Last Supper-Rome
Last Supper-Rome
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Last Supper-Rome
The Roamin' Goddesses
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The Roamin' Goddesses
The end of a perfect day, night, tour....
Ciao, Ciao
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Ciao, Ciao
To the sad sweet end, Franco, ever caring...
Rome's DaVinci aeroporto
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Rome's DaVinci aeroporto
Charlie's travels..... Questa vaggio, era un piacera! "When we want, we can do everything"-Franco
I don't wanna go homma from Roma
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I don't wanna go homma from Roma
The last Tè e caffe con tamborine
Still Life
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Still Life
Our last blood orange e un cappacino
Ah, an Italian finale
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Ah, an Italian finale
One to check the bags, one to check the checker, one to check the checker's checker and one to make sure nobody gets their luggage