Posts Tagged ‘Rome’

Esteban and I were supposed to arrive in Rome today. I say “supposed to” because when our flight took off yesterday we were still at home in our pajamas, eating French silk pie and watching reruns of Big Bang Theory. There were some omens our trip might be doomed, like the public buses that caught […]


Because I love travel and photography, friends often ask for travel-photography advice. I’m always happy to help, even if I feel like a fraud: I’ve never taken a formal photography class, nor have I mastered even the basics. Still, here are some ideas I’ve picked up along the way — with a special shout out […]


When you begin a vacation, the first photograph you shoot can be very telling. Is it the contrast of a new landscape that first captures your eye? Or maybe the joyous smile of a loved one? For me, the first photo of this particular adventure is about leaving everything behind. I’ve really had to scramble […]


It’s funny, the things you remember about your travels. This morning I was corresponding with my friend Chris about an upcoming trip. I’m flying into Paris, but don’t yet have an itinerary. Germany? Spain? Italy … Rome? Chris extolled the virtues of Rome in winter—and the convenience of the short-hop airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet and […]


My Mac has become increasingly sluggish over the past two weeks, so I wasn’t entirely surprised today when it took more than three minutes to boot up. I verified the disk permissions, tested the start-up items, and rebooted in safe mode. Alas … none of that helped. The next step was to make more room […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 first. Or, just use the “by subject” pull-down menu to your right (you’ll find a category titled “Seven cities in 10 days”). Esteban and I are a bit weary of the crowds in Florence, so we […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 first. Or, just use the “Seven cities in 10 days” pull-down menu in the “by subject” column to your right. Between the tourists lying squished in the street and the purse-snatchers, we’ve had a bad first impression […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 first. We’ve been in Venice for two days. Today we’re leaving its welcoming, pedestrian-friendly streets for the bustling crowds of Florence. Day 5: Thursday, September 20, 2007 No early-morning walk today: I overslept. After a quick shower, we […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 first. It’s only day 4 of our trip and already we’ve visited three cities. After a rainy night, we awaken to a spectacular morning in Venice. Day 4: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Noi siamo in Venezia! I woke up […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Part 1 and Part 2 first. We’re in Milan, where we’re getting ready to tackle the entire city—including the Duomo and La Scala—in one day. Within 12 hours, we’ll be on our way to Venice. Day 3: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 I don’t think […]


If you’re new to the blog, you might want to check out Part 1 first. We’re in Paris, where Esteban and I have spent one night recuperating from our flight. Today, we’re getting ready to board the train to Milan. Day 2: Monday, September 17, 2007 E and I awoke feeling refreshed enough to tackle […]


In September of 2007, Esteban and I set out on our most ambitious trip to date. We’d never been to Italy before, so we wanted to get a taste of several cities. Our original itinerary called for Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. Although we discussed flying into Rome, we were concerned about the cost. So […]