Dallas, et al.

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Visiting Italy (part one of ???)

“The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg his pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother.” – Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

A few years ago while preparing for a trip to Europe our grandson asked if there was room in one of our suitcases for him.  In the years that have since passed he has grown in to a mature, responsible young man of whom we are very proud.  We decided we would take him to Italy as a graduation present with his only responsibility selecting where and what he wanted to do and see.

I am not certain which passed quicker, the time spent planning the trip or the actual trip.  There was a time not too long ago where you could walk into almost any museum or art gallery with little or no wait.  Now it seems as if every tourist attraction to include the Cinque Terre now have an online reservation system.  This is nice as you can better plan your trip and not wait in long lines.

These photos are along the wall going to the  Vatican Museum in 2005.  There is an equally as long line after you turn left in the first photo and you can see the line curve to the left in the second photo.  Also, do you see the raised umbrella (closed) in the lower right of the first photo and the three scarves (one green and two red) in the second photo.  Those are tour groups in the same line you are in.  Image the amount of lost time waiting in line before automating the ticketing process.

Some of the reservations were made a day or two before once we were in Italy and as our schedule firmed up and one not planned just walked up to us.

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Cenacolo Vinciano” (The Last Supper in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milano, Italy)


Our itinerary with hotel stops – Milano, Abano Terme, Venezia, Firenze, the Republic of San Marino, Assisi, Rieti and Roma.  We spent time in Milano, Gerola Alta (where they make Bitto – the oldest aged cheese in Italy), Verona, Vicenza, Marostica, Bassano del Grappa, Venezia, Firenze, Siena, Pisa, the Republic of San Marino, Assisi, Rieti (the umbilicus of Italy) Roma, Vatican City and Ostia Antica.

More on the trip and photos to follow.  Ciao e buona notte.  🙂

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Where am I

image.jpegI will, regretfully, be home soon.

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a ‘thank you’ to Inner Ramblings Boulevard

If you don’t follow this gifted and talented lady you should. She will eventually touch every part of one’s anima with a gentle touch or the savagery of a feasting great white shark.

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Memorial Day

Remembering those not home to observe this Memorial Day.


(photo via Internet)

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Ghosts of our past

Why will you not stay gone?  Banished from my memory?  By what right do you continue to invade my thoughts and dreams.  Have not the lack of spoken word been indication enough that I want nothing more to do with you?  Do you feel this taunting will change me, change what I no longer feel for you?

I fear not your aberration.  Yet why always a lone figure?  Where are the others in our band of brothers?  Am I the only one you visit?  Why do I feel you beckon me back to a place and time I do not want to remember let alone visit?


Photo – Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, a claimed ghost photograph by Captain Hubert C. Provand. First published in Country Life magazine, 1936
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Verona: City of Romance

This gallery contains 16 photos.

Originally posted on Orna O'Reilly: Travelling Italy:
As I hit Autostrada Serenissima – less romantically known as the A4 – on my way to Verona, I was looking forward to my day out, courtesy of Walks of Italy. I…

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Molto Milano: Why Milan, Italy, Should be on Your Family Travel List

Visiting Milano soon?

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Mother Nature – Partie deux

Mother Nature is one force which can not be contained nor controlled.  No one is as finicky and temperamental as She.  Within minutes the weather can change drastically with temperatures dropping 20°, 30° 40° or more degrees.  The dry, crisp air of fall and winter can be harsh on occasion – as anyone familiar with static electricity knows; conversely, the humidity of summer can be extremely oppressive.

Enough of Mother Nature’s weather side.  What about those naturally occurring issues. Those which, again, we have no control over?  I am referring to when mother rabbit decides to dig a nest behind a hydrangea.  No, the hydrangea wasn’t damaged, however, the landscaping which was in process came to a sudden halt for three weeks as mom nursed her kittens (yes, baby rabbits are called kittens or kits).


Finally, the kits have grown to where mom no longer nurses them


and they have gone off to explore.


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Movies Filmed in Italy

Yes, and yes, and no and …

What about you?


20110430-102759.jpgItaly has long been famous as a favorite filming location for Hollywood movie makers. I love movies and am particularly interested in the behind the scenes information and shooting locations. When I can recognize places I have been in Italy as I watch a film, I get a little excited.

The classics which easily come to mind for many of us include Cleopatra, Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, Cinema Paradiso, Summertime, and The Godfather.

In the past 15 years, quite a few popular American films have been shot on location in Italy, and as a result, tourism in the smaller towns has dramatically increased. Here are just a few of the more well-known films made in Italy.


The highly anticipated action adventure James Bond film Spectre was filmed in various international locations. The scenes shot in Italy centered in and around Rome and Vatican City. I recognized plenty of familiar…

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