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Rome and Florence 2007

Departure for Rome

May 11th, 2007 by alephnaught

Departure for Rome

We bought the tickets and used miles for upgrades back when I had Platinum status with Northwest Airlines. Unfortunately, we had to fly through Detroit and Paris to reach Rome, but at least we have business class seats except for the jog between Paris and Rome. Our flight from Chicago left on time, we got […]

Rome

May 12th, 2007 by alephnaught

Rome

Aviva woke up early, really early (like 4AM), so I woke up early too. We got organized, which is always a nice thing. I realized I forgot the special cable for my new camera (I knew I’d do that), and I couldn’t get the zip USB cable to work with Aviva’s camera (funny, it powers […]

Rome

May 13th, 2007 by alephnaught

Rome

Its Mothers Day in Rome; more importantly, its Aviva’s birthday (her second birthday celebrated overseas I might add). Aviva almost slept through the alarm clock. We’re waiting a bit to have breakfast because, well, things just don’t run on time in Italy generally. So we went down and ate – one of the proprietors came […]

Rome – Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto

May 14th, 2007 by alephnaught

Rome – Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto

I slept through the entire night without getting up – quite a feat anymore. We grabbed breakfast and a shower and headed out – this is our last day in Roma and we’re heading to Trastevere and the old Jewish Ghetto. We took a cab over to Villa Farnesina. The frescoes are amazing. We stopped […]

Orvieto and arrival in Florence

May 15th, 2007 by alephnaught

Orvieto and arrival in Florence

Since we leave Roma today, its time to reflect a litte. Aviva said at one point that Rome is beautiful but messy, which captures well the feeling of the place. At one point on Capitoline hill (it was 11:30A), all the bells in Roma seemed to be chiming at once, making a wonderful racket. Its […]

Florence

May 16th, 2007 by alephnaught

Florence

We slept well – it wasn’t so noisy last night (it is during the day) so we’re keeping the room. We ate, cleaned up and got out of the room. We started walking towards a couple of jewelry stores Aviva likes; she’s been here enough that she doesn’t need a map to find a few […]

Florence

May 17th, 2007 by alephnaught

Florence

After breakfast, we started walking towards the Museo Horne, an art museum near Santa Croce. The museum has a number of interesting works, including a Giotto. We then had lunch at Trattoria Il Bargello, Borgo dei Greci 37/r; it wasn’t anything to write home about. Then we shopped a bit – Aviva bought more angels […]

Florence

May 18th, 2007 by alephnaught

Florence

We were going to go to Pistoia today, but we decided we’d moved around enough. And, we didn’t sleep well last night – getting to bed (for us) late due to the noise outside didn’t help. We’re changing rooms today to move to the rear of the hotel – not a nice view but much […]

Florence

May 19th, 2007 by alephnaught

Florence

Today we started walking towards the Orgnissanti. We stopped at a print shop from which Aviva bought a print of grotesques the last time she was in Florence – unfortunately, no small ones so we passed. We went into the Orgnissanti, which has works by Ghirlandaio and Botticelli, who is also buried there along with […]

Florence

May 20th, 2007 by alephnaught

Florence

We got out a little late and went to the Museo del Bigallo across from the Duomo. This was originally an orphanage; women could leave babies outside – if they came back within a week, they could take their baby back, otherwise it was put up for adoption. Then we walked past the Duomo and […]

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