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Italy: Gondola Gondola Gondola

As you cross the bridges in Venice gondoliers lean against the rails and sing out “Gondola Gondola Gondola” like barkers. I was just kind of wandering around and found a little hole-in-the-wall tucked in beside a bridge called Trattoria alla … Continue reading

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Italy: Fishing Lab in Florence

Sadly, the food near my hotel wasn’t very good. I guess I used up all of my luck in Rome. But I did have a few memorable meals. If you ever see something in Italy that looks like this, don’t bother asking … Continue reading

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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: 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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Seattle: Would-be Superheroes and Pike Place

Saturday after the workshop, Karen, who had never been to Seattle, asked me to take her somewhere that was not a place to eat. Since museums would be closing soon, the only thing I could think of was Pike Place. … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras 2005 Day 4

Day 4 -Tuesday Mardi Gras morning I woke at exactly 8 am and decided that it meant we were supposed to go to the Zulu parade. You may wonder why I was willing to get up so early for a … Continue reading

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Carlsbad Wednesday

Wednesday we walked around town and shopped. We were again sucked into the vortex that is the corner of Carlsbad Blvd and Carlsbad Village Drive. We found a gastropub called Compass, with all the current hip food, like sweet potato … Continue reading

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Carlsbad Tuesday

We decided instead of going to San Diego for Sea World we would continue with our mellow beach holiday. We went to the well-reviewed Naked Cafe, which surprise, surprise was on the corner of Carlsbad and Carlsbad Village in an … Continue reading

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Carlsbad Monday

Everything is happening at the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Carlsbad Village Drive. There is Pig Liquor, which is where locals gather to catch up on the news. All they need is a checkerbord on a barrel. They have a huge selection … Continue reading

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Carlsbad, CA (No, not the caverns) – Sunday

This weekend Bob’s mom, Bridin, took us to Carlsbad for a 4-day beach vacation. Best known as the home of Legoland, Carlsbad also features 7 miles of beach, a cute little village with some great eateries and great surfing. We … Continue reading

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Sacramento: Wonder Weiners and Fairytale Town

The next day we went to check out Wonder Weiner for lunch. How can you resist a name like that? Unfortunately, the skin was too tough and the buns were too soft. A shame for a 14″ dog. Then I … Continue reading

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