Cinque Terre, Italy – Five alive, don’t forget your camera

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Rate our ReviewsItaly has so many treasures that it is easy to overlook the wealth of natural attractions.  Atop my list of these wonders is the splendid Cinque Terre hike. Cinque Terre translates as ‘five villages’, which are (from east to west):  Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. This eight-mile jaunt passes through everyone, and […]

Rome, Italy – Serendipity ?

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Rate our ReviewsI travel in anticipation of being amazed and delighted. When I first glimpsed stunning rose-red images from Petra I was smitten, and getting there became “fait accompli”. After much research and planning, I ventured to Jordan and was rewarded with many expected marvels. Today, however, I wish to dwell upon the unexpected. No […]

Rome , Italy….the Steps of John Lateran

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Rate our ReviewsThe Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the official seat of the papacy, the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome, the highest ranking church in all of Catholicism. Yet it takes a back seat to the far more famous St. Peter’s Basilica some four kilometers away in Vatican City, a strange fate […]

Rome, Italy….the Monument to God and Man

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Rate our ReviewsSt. Peter’s Basilica in the heart of Vatican City in Rome is grand! And opulent! And immense! Look up and you see massive frescoes of scenes from the Bible and inspiring statuary of the saints. Look down and you see intricate marble flooring and regal emblems of the papacy. Reminders and remains of […]

Rome, Italy……An old multi-use stadium!

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Rate our Reviews  In the heart of Rome stands the great icon of the Eternal City, its walls half-crumbled but intact enough to preserve a glimpse into the ancient glory of empire and the heirs of Caesar triumphant. The Colosseum has withstood gladiator battles, earthquakes, devastating fires, barbarian hordes and pesky thieves, forever holding up […]