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About kiki

I like catfish. Sure, we all like catfish, but I think for me it is somehow deeper.

Italy: Convalescing in Florence

At 4 in the  morning on our last night in Rome, Bridin told me she couldn’t leave me alone in Italy with my terrible cough and she found an American hospital to take me to. I was sure it was just allergies and … Continue reading

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Italy: Near Death Experience

I was kind of burnt out from all of the walking, but Bridin encouraged me to go to some of the places on my to-do list. I love marble cemetery angels, and The Protestant/Non-Catholic Cemetery was highly recommended. It is … Continue reading

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Italy: How to Avoid Looking Like a Tourist

Before I went to Italy, I read a number of articles advising you on the do’s and don’ts of travel in Italy. Let’s talk about some of them. Italians serve their bread dry. Don’t ask for butter or olive oil. On … Continue reading

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Italy: The Vatican Museum

The secret to not waiting 3 hours in line for Italian museums is to cough up 30 bucks or so for the “skip-the-line” guided tours. At the Vatican Museum they start about two hours before the museum opens. The only … Continue reading

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Italy: Eat, Sightsee, Rock Out

I now know why Italians can eat so much pasta and gelato and still fit into their high fashion ensembles. They are so active I can’t keep up with them. Tuesday we thought we would catch the hop-on hop-off tour … Continue reading

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Italy: Back Alley Relics

One interesting thing about staying just outside the Vatican is that the tourist shops all sell Catholic merch. Usually Catholic stuff is made by religious orders but you could tell some of the manufacturers knew nothing about Catholicism. Proper rosaries … Continue reading

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Italy: the Pope is Dope

Before coming to italy I had purchased several tours. One of them was to see the pope`s Wednesday afternoon talk. I certainly would not have bought a tour in order to get a ride if I had known our apartment … Continue reading

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Italy: All Roads Lead to Rome

It was a long journey fraught with misadventure, but we have made it to Italy. I would not even be here without my brother Glen’s emergency delivery of my forgotten prescription to the airport. Bob’s mom Bridin rented a nice little … Continue reading

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N’Awlins: Wandering Around the Quarter

Every time I walk through Jackson Square I remember seeing Al Taplet selling his folk art for $50 and it makes me crazy that I didn’t buy one. I didn’t have 50 bucks back then anyways, but I still regret … Continue reading

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The Cafe du Monde Tried to Kill Me

When you’re in New Orleans, you always stop at the Cafe du Monde for their hot beignet. On this particular evening I left Bob to order and made my way to the ladies room. Or at least the line for … Continue reading

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N’awlins: Omni Giveth and Omni Taketh Away

After watching a movie in our room until around 10pm Monday night, I realized I was hungry. I had only eaten crab claws and half a cup of jambalaya all day. So I called down to room service and ordered … Continue reading

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N’Awlins: Omni and Coop’s

In order to get low fares, I had booked our flight out of LAX at 5:50am. We had to get up at 3am! We figured we would drop off the luggage and then wander around like zombies until check-in time. … Continue reading

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Seattle: One Breakfast, Many Tentacles

Jonathan, a close friend of ours (and best man at our wedding), recommended breakfast at “Lula’s.” I suddenly realized he meant Lola’s. another Tom Douglas restaurant I had visited on more than one occasion. He insisted we try “Tom’s Favorite Breakfast.” … Continue reading

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Seattle Top Pot Donuts

You simply can’t visit Seattle without making a stop at Top Pot Donuts. Sadly, they no longer make their famous peanut donuts, but we will carry on somehow. Top Pot opened in 2002 on Capitol Hill in 2002. The name came from … Continue reading

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Seattle: There You Were Under the Tree of Song

This is Hendrix’s original grave in the humble family plot before his memorial was built. It seems a little sad and neglected in this picture, but this Seattle cemetary is actually lush with grass. The only reason for the dirt … Continue reading

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