Rome airport is nuts

Rome airport is nuts

Everything about the Rome airport is nuts. It's like they didn't know so many people were going to come. Not enough seats at the gates, not enough agents at the ticket counters, not enough bins at security. Long lines to do or buy anything. People packed in on buses to the plane.

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Venice photo highlights

Venice photo highlights

Since I am heading back to Italy in a few weeks, I thought it was about time to finish editing and posting my photos from my 2009 visit. All I had left to do were my photos from Venice, the most photogenic city, which meant I had lots of photos to go through. 

Here are a few highlights.

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Italy - Day 5-9 (Bologna)

Italy - Day 5-9 (Bologna)

So... here's what we did in Italy on days 5-9.  

Sun, Sept 19 (Day 5)

Breakfast in hotel

Taxi to Trastevere, walked around and visited the main church there. 

Walking around, visiting shops. Liked the Bodum shop.  Stopped for coffee and water.

More walking, more coffee at a corner bar... only Italians there.  Good peoplewatching.

Walk back across river and to a big home / kitchen store we saw earlier.

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Italy - Day 9 (Bologna)

Italy - Day 9 (Bologna)

I'm sitting in a small coffeeshop around the corner from our hotel... Just finished a cappuccino, a pastry and an espresso. Just waking up... watching all the locals stop in for coffee on their way to work. At least 50 people must have come in and out in the 45 minutes I've been sitting here. Most have their coffee and pastry standing up at the counter, a few sit down to talk to friends or read the paper. No one has a laptop... it's a very different experience than in the US. Everyone seems to be getting just caffe (espresso) or cappuccino. No giant lattes like in the US.

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Italy - Day 8 (Bologna)

Italy - Day 8 (Bologna)

Right now we are finishing up an incredible lunch in Bologna: bread and olive oil, ricotta and spinach tortellini with bolognese sauce, eggplant parmesan and 2 glasses of Lambrusco wine. Followed by an espresso, of course. Everything was really delicious.

We are enjoying Bologna... Very few tourists, lots of shops, restaurants, coffee bars, a street of food shops (that we will visit tomorrow) and a hotel suite that we are very comfortable in.

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Italy - Day 2 - 4 (Rome)

Italy - Day 2 - 4 (Rome)

Thurs, Sept 16 (Day 2 - Continued)

Took taxi to Piazza Navonna, walked around.

Dinner at Da Francesco - best Italian food ever. Caprese salad, bread, chianti classico, penna all'arrabbiata, pizza margerita. Amazing. I think we were the only non-Italians in the restaurant.

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Italy - Day 1 - 2 (Rome)

Italy - Day 1 - 2 (Rome)

Wednesday (Day 1)

Taxi to hotel, check in.

Out to dinner at al Vero Girarrosto Toscano.

Thursday (Day 2)

Relaxing breakfast in hotel. We probably sat for an hour... drank coffee, talked, planned our day, people watched (lots of interesting people, including one middle eastern family having lavash with breakfast).  I just wanted to have a relaxing morning to help recover a bit from the tiring 24 hours of travel yesterday.

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Scooters in Italy

Scooters in Italy

Just wanted to share my experience riding a scooter in Italy a couple weeks ago. I was in Rome, Venice and Florence, and rented a scooter in Florence for a day. It was fantastic.

First of all, they're everywhere. If you stand on a busy street corner in the city for 2 minutes, you're bound to see about 15-20 of them. Seriously. It was awesome to park my scooter downtown in a row of 50 or 75 scooters. 

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