The Day We Didn’t Get Lost (Part Two)

It doesn’t happen very often — I’d go so far as to say I can count the number of times on one hand — but every once in a blue moon, my Women’s Walkabout companion and I have a day where we actually move in a straight line to get where we’re going. The taleContinue reading “The Day We Didn’t Get Lost (Part Two)”

The Day We Didn’t Get Lost (Part One)

Most of my Women’s Walkabout adventures are some derivative of “wandered in the wrong direction, madness ensued, eventually stumbled on the right path”. But this day? As the title says, this was the day. That one, single day. The day we somehow knew how to get to where we wanted to go, every step ofContinue reading “The Day We Didn’t Get Lost (Part One)”

Next Stop: Tales from the Amalfi Coast

New month, same ole nostalgia. Stay tuned for photos and memoires of my trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, starting with Sorrento, journeying on to Marciano, another stop in Sorrento, a redux of my favorite moments in Positano (because you can never have too much Positano), and a roller coaster of a day onContinue reading “Next Stop: Tales from the Amalfi Coast”

Weird Sites in Rome, Take Twelve

We visited San Pietro in Vincoli to see Michelangelo’s Moses, but it’s near impossible to miss the supposed miraculously-infused chains that bound St. Peter on two separate occasions. It’s a bizarre story, but Catholicism is kind of well-known for that. The chains themselves warrant my Stamp of Weird. Then there’s the fact that these twoContinue reading “Weird Sites in Rome, Take Twelve”

Weird Sites in Rome, Take Eleven

I … have no idea what this guy is supposed to be. God, ghoul, galivant? Willem Dafoe from “The Lighthouse”? It’s a mystery. I’m leaning towards Neptune, due to all the aquatic themes, but there’s no trident in sight. And for some bizarre reason that I can’t logically explain, he reminds me of an elephant.Continue reading “Weird Sites in Rome, Take Eleven”

Welcoming Committee (Rome, Italy)

That tail. Those eyes. That wiggle! It was our second day in Rome. We’d slept roughly the night before, but forced ourselves to get some sunlight and exercise (the cornerstone of our Anti-Jet-Lag Initiative). Cappuccinos consumed, we put on our comfy shoes, tightened the belts on our fanny packs, and headed out for adventure. WeContinue reading “Welcoming Committee (Rome, Italy)”

King of Neptune (Rome, Italy)

Tell her thisAnd more —That the king of the seasWeeps too, old, helpless man.The bustling fatesHeap his hands with corpsesUntil he stands like a childWith surplus of toys. Stephen Crane Another exercise in postcard photography. This was the view from my stroll along Piazza Navona. Much less crowded than our stop at the Trevi fountain,Continue reading “King of Neptune (Rome, Italy)”

La Dolce Trevi (Rome, Italy)

A bit more standard touristy fare today, in honor of an admittedly impressive structure in the middle of the city. Fun fact: this shot was taken through a sea of sardine-packed Romans and tourists, 99% of whom were significantly taller and bulkier than li’l ole me. I think my camera saw more of the fountainContinue reading “La Dolce Trevi (Rome, Italy)”

Saint Joan (Rome, Italy)

If Joan was mad, all Christendom was mad too; for people who believe devoutly in the existence of celestial personages are every whit as mad as the people who think they see them. Luther, when he threw his inkhorn at the devil, was no more mad than any other Augustinian monk: he had a moreContinue reading “Saint Joan (Rome, Italy)”