Tag Archives: Italy

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…

There are lots of great things about living in Cairo, and one of them is that we have easy access to many other great places.  Cheap non-stop flights are available to (for example) Turkey and Greece and France. We carefully examined the bargain airline offerings before … Continue reading

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Floating Piers

The artist Christo and his partner Jeanne-Claude (who died in 2009) have been creating temporary large-scale environmental art installations since 1961. I had the good fortune to see Running Fence in Marin County, California in 1976 and The Umbrellas at … Continue reading

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Assisi

Just 15 minutes away from Spello by train is the town of Assisi, home of St. Francis (1181-1226). We took a day trip over there to check it out. The train station is a bit outside of the old town, so you … Continue reading

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Collepino

The ancient paths connecting towns and villages of this region are mostly still maintained. We decided to take a walk on one of them to the tiny hill town of Collepino. Off we go. The trail follows a mostly well-preserved Roman … Continue reading

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Hello, Spello

On Thursday night Andreas and I embarked on what promises to be another epic summer. This year’s itinerary begins with a week in Italy, after which Andreas and I will part ways for a few weeks. He’ll go to Ikaria, then to Chicago … Continue reading

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When life gives you lemons

There’s no substitute for fresh lemons. Where I grew up in California we always had a lemon tree in the yard.  After I moved to Oregon, we ended every visit to my in-laws in LA by loading the station wagon … Continue reading

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Sirens and Saracens

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, Andreas and I spent our spring break in Sorrento, Italy.  We stayed in a wonderful guesthouse, actually an old 3rd floor downtown apartment converted into several individual rooms plus one small apartment. … Continue reading

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Pompeii

Although I’ve been to Italy several times, I’ve always been in too much of a hurry to get to Greece to take that southern detour into Naples. This was my first opportunity to see Pompeii, and I am pleased to … Continue reading

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Out of Africa

One of the favorite pastimes of ICS foreign-hire teachers is planning their next escape.  It’s not that we don’t like it here. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t like it. But we do look forward to getting out of … Continue reading

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