Restoring Greatness

Dear Blog Reader:  I have not posted in a week which I understand is an eternity in the busy blogsphere.  However, I have been busy with my job, first I went back to the Island of Giglio to do more reporting on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia ( see A Chilling Conversation and Kevin’s Puzzle), and then […]

Lovers’ Locks – A Roman Valentine

February 14, 2012
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Click and it’s done. Love-locked forever. Roman lovers have a special way to seal their undying love on Valentine’s Day…. They attach a lock on a lamp-post on one of Rome’s most famous bridges and toss the key into the Tiber River….and no one can tear them apart…or so they say. For several years now […]

Love and Passion in Rome

January 18, 2012
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It is the most famous love story in the history of Rome. Star artist of the Renaissance with the beautiful baker girl. Raphael and the Fornarina. He was young, handsome and an artistic genius. Brought to Rome from Northern Italy to serve the Pope, Raphael mixed with the rich and powerful. He enchanted the city […]

Caravaggio’s Women – Check the Toenails!

September 24, 2011
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One of the best things about Rome, after sunsets over the eternal city, is that it is the only place in the world where one can get a quick hit of Caravaggio on the run.  Caravaggio 24/7. Unlike many women who marry Italian men, I had not studied anything Italian and came to Italy knowing […]

From Tritons to Mermaids

September 5, 2011
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 It was the first day of school today for my daughter who was starting Junior High School and this American Mom got it all wrong. On the school website it said that the kids were supposed to be there between 9 and 9:40. At 9:10 I was driving to school and the cell phone rang […]