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In the 7 days ending May 21:

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Saturday May 20 #

4 AM

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A final day of wandering around Rome, stayed closer to the hotel but still lots to see. Rained off and on for the first couple of hours (first rain of the trip), so we took shelter once in a basement supermarket (fine way to check out the variety of fish, cheese, hams, plus a spot where a woman seemed to be caring slices off a whole roast pig, smelled delicious) and a second time in a church. It featured the only metal detector operation we saw in the city, plus lots of marble and gold, plus a dead pope, can't remember which one.

Then some ancient baths now partially a museum (with a display on Italian "borghi", villages that meet some sort of criteria, three of which it turned out we had been in on the trip, one in Sicilily, two south of Naples), and partially another church, not much gold and no popes to be seen but interesting nonetheless.

Then a bite to eat, one last bit of rain so we ducked into a semi-posh store that seemed to cater to Japanese almost exclusively, and then meandering around a little to the NE, not many tourists, always interesting, a lot of elegant residences, a bunch of grand hotels each with a fancy little enclosed restaurant on the sidewalk. And eventually back to our hotel, which was actually on the top (5th) floor, just 5 or 6 rooms, impeccable. Picked it by the digital equivalent of throwing darts. Sometimes you get lucky. :-)

Friday May 19 #

4 AM

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Nice variety of things -- presidential palace, Trevi, some posh window shopping, a church at the P del Popolo where a funeral broke out in about 5 minutes just as we were leaving (the hearse arrived, flowers were carried in, then the coffin, then maybe 50-75 mourners were in, zip zip zip), an obelisk with hieroglyphics, the DaVinci museum, houseboats and scullers on the Tevere, a private luncheon, more palaces and castles, a distant view of the Vatican (as close as we needed to get), the gift shop for the underground stadium at P Navona, the Pantheon, S. Ignazio church (very fine), and a few more palaces. No guides, no itinerary, crowds not bad, weather was perfect. No complaints.

Best place for a selfie, in the DaVinci museum, a very small 8-sided room, just big enough for a couple of people, mirrors on all the walls --



Thursday May 18 #

3 AM

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Day 1 in Rome, on our own. Meandered down to the Colosseum through a pleasant (ie. not crowded) area of small shops and eating spots. Then a lengthy wander through the ancient forum and adjoining areas, all interesting, before heading back to where we'd started by a slightly different route. All low-key, the way I like it.

Yup, in Rome --



Wednesday May 17 #

4 AM

walking 1 [0]

Pompei. Most striking was the scope, covered a lot of ground. Otherwise a little less interesting than I had expected.

Tuesday May 16 #

9 AM

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At the very beginning of the Amalfi Coast. Walked from Raito to Albori, then ventured first up one path that quickly became overgrown, then along another that was very interesting, connecting to structures on the far side of the ravine. Would have been happy exploring further.

Monday May 15 #

5 AM

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In Siricusa, exploring the old town in the late morning and early afternoon, then the Greek theater and Roman ruins in the late afternoon.

The Archimedes fountain in Siracusa --



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