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November 2006 - Italy

Italy | Nettuno | Old walled City above the marina

November 30, 2006

Buon giorno, We ran errands early. We went to the internet, hardware store, paint store, butcher and grocery store. We came home and had lunch then took after the teak again. Al put two layers of clear coat on the teak combing and winch islands. It's hard to keep up with the drips but somebody's got to do it :-) We stopped after two coats to give it a chance to dry (3:30 is getting late in the day to do this kind of work) We've heard from Bob and Val that they got home safely amidst a sleet and snow storm in Duluth. We continue to enjoy warm sunny, days(70-75 F) and colder nights (45 F) Justin too wrote he was home. They were busy putting up Christmas lights on the palm trees in the marina. Before coming here we didn't realize Rome, Italy had palm trees. Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 29, 2006

Buon giorno, Today we got after the teak winch islands and combing cap again. We sanded most of it off last August and then finished it up with stripper before going to Venice. Today we used the "Signature" product we have on the toe rail. It's a 3 step product. First we used a two step teak cleaner and brightener. After that dried Al lightly sanded and wiped it clean. Next we put on 3 coats of Honey teak. Its applied wet on wet so we were able to get three coats on today. We had to wait a few hours for the clear coat so we decided to wait until tomorrow. If you put it on when it's still tacky you don't have to scuff between the Honey teak and the clear coat. But it was getting late so tomorrow we'll take after it again. It looks wonderful. My job was to clean up the drips :-( and be the "gopher" (Go for this and go for that). I also scrubbed my throw rugs and hung them to dry. With the cost of laundry some things are just done by hand. Al's mom and dad moved to Maple Manor in Maple Lake so they have a new address and phone number. For those who need to up date there address book, it's

Francis and Annette Pribyl Apt #4 333 West 2nd St. NW Maple Lake, MN 55358

phone 320-963-6261 One last thing for today. Please don't send any attachments or -"chain letters" (pass it on type) to this email. I love them but we need you to send them to the land email address- Pat and Nicci even sent us a little video clip which was fun. This boat address needs to be kept virus free and we can't receive attachments on it. Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 28, 2006

Buon giorno, Al and I sadly walked Justin up to catch the 7:50 AM train this morning. He'll be home in Chicago tonight around 7:30 PM. (1:30 AM Nettuno time). We did errands and boat work today. We stopped in to see Claudio at the ships store. He put special lines on the boat to help with chafing. We have two off the bow attached to the mooring chain and two off the stern with rubber coated springs attached to the quay. We ordered some hose for our new bilge pump. Claudio is a great guy and always tells Al, "Don't worry Mr. Al I take care of you. You go home to the US and I watch your boat." We went up town to retrieve Al's jeans that didn't come back with the laundry we had done. We picked up some fresh bread, shrimp and pork to grill. We had a picnic of pizza on our way back to the boat. It was another absolutely gorgeous day in the 70's. Al worked on the bimini cover(cockpit awning) with his newly repaired sewing machine. Frustration plus as it was difficult to get the proper tension adjustment and he kept balling up or breaking the thread :-( If that wasn't enough aggravation for one day, he decided to fix our American flag... I took after the rust on the Monitor wind vane with rubbing compound. My job was a lot easier it seems that what Al was up to. Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Rome | Pyramide gate

Italy | Rome |Old Roman wall and gate

Italy | Rome | San Callisto Catacombe

November 27, 2006

Buon giorno, Justin, Al and I took the 9:30 train to Rome. Then we caught the metro to Pyramide. We walked to the Pyramid of Caius Casteo and Porta San Paolo (one of the gates of Rome). We walked along the old wall of Rome to another gate Porta San Sebastian. We continued walking out to Appia Antica area to visit the Catacombs of San Callistro. It took over an hour and the catacombs were closed until 2:00. So we walked further along Appia Antica and saw Mausoleum of Romulous, Circus of Marentius and the Tomb of Cicillia Metella. At 2:00 we went back to tour the catacombs. It covers over 35 acres and has four levels. There were over 500,000 christians buried here up until the year 300. It was the official burial grounds for the bishops of Rome and six popes were buried here. The remains of Santa Cecilea were found here. We took a bus to San Giovanni di Laterano and then we walked to San Pietro in Vincoli. We stopped for a slice of pizza along the way. Justin took pictures of Moses an the chains of St. Peter.

Italy | Nettuno | Al Centro di Rodolfo e Fortuna | Dinner with son Justin

We caught the 5:00 train back to Nettuno. We went to the internet to check mail and Justin's flight information. Justin took Mom and Dad out to dinner in Nettuno's old city at Al Centro di Rodolfo e Fortuna. They had just reopened after remodeling. Grandpa waited on us showing the younger ones "the ropes". He was so cute, telling us what we wanted to eat and teasing. We had a local wine, mussels, pasta funghi, Justin and Al had pork chops and I had calamari. We had great homemade desserts. Yum! :-) Al burned DVD's of our pictures for Justin to take home while Justin packed to go home. :-( Another sad day tomorrow. Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 26, 2006

Buon giorno, I made ham and cheese omelets as everyone showered and Bob and Val put their luggage together. We hurried up to catch the 10:30 train to Rome only to find they had canceled it. So we took turns watching the luggage and walking around town. There was a craft fair much like the ones we usually have during the Christmas season. I found a refillable butane lighter and butane. (another present from Bob and Val :->) We caught the 12:30 train to Rome. Bob and Val went to check into their hotel. Justin, Al and I walked around. San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter of the Chains) wasn't open until 3:00 so we walked to the Roman Baths of Caracalla and then to San Giovanni in Laterano to meet Val and Bob. The Baptistery was lovely but the highlight of our day was San Giovanni's Basilica. It is still the Papal seat and it is absolutely beautiful. It's interior is the shape of a Latin cross with a nave and two side aisles. Above the baldacchino are the silver reliquaries holding the relics of St. Peter and St. Paul's heads. The wooden alter St. Peter used in the catacombs is preserved in the Papal altar. We plan to visit again tomorrow when the museum is open. We walked quite a ways looking for a restaurant we had heard about but it was closed. So we found Restaurante "Andrea" and had the best meal we've "eaten out" in Italy. We had an assortment of yummy pastas, bread and wine for our first course,and Al and Justin had Romano Pollo (chicken) and Bob, Val and I had veal medallions. We had tarimasu, white chocolate torte, and chocolate souffle for dessert. We said sad good-byes to Bob and Val and parted for hotel and train station. Our train was canceled again. So we caught the 9:50 train back to Nettuno. Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 25, 2006

Buon giorno, We slept in today and stayed in Nettuno. Oh it felt so good. This tourist business is hard work. Cruising is much easier. After showers and breakfast we headed for Anzio. It was sunny and warm, no jackets. We walked to Anzio and visited the Anzio Beachead World War II Museum. They had a great video in English and the artifacts, newspaper clippings, pictures etc. were wonderful. We understood the story of what happened in Anzio before the Allies were able to move forth into Rome so many months later. We walked back to Nettuno and had lunch. We had a great mixture of seafood for our antipasta and then we each ordered a pasta. We picked up steak, salad and bread for supper. We went to 5:30 mass and then came back and grilled supper. We sure enjoy our guests on board. We stay up way past 8:30 yakking each night. Al and I may feel a little bit lonesome after they leave. We'll all travel to Rome with Bob and Val tomorrow, tour, and say our good-byes. Bob and Val will stay at a hotel in Rome as they will fly out early Monday morning. :-( Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 24, 2006

Buon giorno, We caught the 8:30 train into Rome. We joined a "free" English speaking tour of St. Peter's. Our guide was absolutely wonderful. Al and I had visited St. Peter's three other times and we learned so much from this young man. It's so much nicer not having your face in a book and simply enjoying the beauty surrounding us. At the end of the tour he informed us he does work for tips and we were welcome to join him on the tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel for 42 Euro's a person including the 12 Euro admittance fee. We chose not to carry on with him on the tours but I'm sure it would have been very informative. We went to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on our own. I can't imagine what it must be like during the busy season because we were funneled through like sheep. The artwork was magnificent but you couldn't begin to follow along in a tour book. We went to lunch at a nice restaurant. The Italian bread is oh so good. We had brochette, anti pasta, insalada, rigatoni, spagetti, pizza, and wine.

Italy | Rome | St. Peter's Basilica

Italy | Rome| St. Peter's Basilica | View St. Peter's Square from St. Peter's Dome

After lunch we went back to St. Peter's and went up the elevator to the dome overlooking the interior of the Basilica Whoa...what a view the lower statues are 12 ft tall and the higher ones 18 ft. tall but each level looked to be the same height. The marble floors seen from so high looked magnificent. All of the paintings (really mosaics) in St. Peters are copies of original paintings. Justin and I climbed up the 320 steps from this level to the top cupole of St. Peters. The steps became quite narrow and they actually leaned in as did the walls. The view was fantastic. The city of Rome, St. Peter's square, the Vatican gardens, and the Papal Palace and gardens. A beautiful and interesting perspective when seen from the height of St. Peters. We visited the tombs of the Popes. John Paul II had flowers and guards. St. Peter's tomb is magnificent. We had seen it from above in the Basilica but it's quite impressive from below. We caught the subway back to Termini Train Station. The subway at that time of night is belly to back packed in trains and more people pushing on at each stop :-( We caught the 6:10 train back to Nettuno. Supper was easy, Thanksgiving leftovers! Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Nettuno | Artemis Thanksgiving| Val and Bob Ouelette and our son Justin

Italy | Nettuno | Thanksgiving Aboard Artemis| Al carving our Turkey

November 23, 2006

Buon giorno, Happy Thanksgiving! We sent the guys hunting for turkey and they had success :-) They came home with a huge 6 pound boneless breast and two big turkey thighs! We could have had a whole turkey but it never would have fit in our oven. Val and I made sausage/mushroom stuffing, squash, mashed potatoes, corn, and rolls. We couldn't find a pie and somewhere on this boat is my pie filling (couldn't find it) so we're having ice cream for dessert. It was a beautiful sunny day. Probably about 70 degrees. Bob fixed the sewing machine and they fixed the inverter. Boys are always happy with a project. We spent an hour at the internet too. The turkey is roasting and smells soooo good! Happy Thanksgiving to all and God Bless. Love, Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Rome | St. Peter's Square | Pope Benedict

November 22, 2006

Buon giorno, We were all awake at 4:30 to winds and a thunderstorm. Al ran the engine to hold the boat off the dock. Live and learn...we know better but busy with guests. We had released our mooring line to pull us closer to the dock for easier on and off the boat. There was no way we were going to release the lines and pull it in tight until the wind stopped. We took in about 18 inches and went back to bed. We needed to be at St. Peters by 10:30 to see the Pope and receive his blessing. We skipped showers to catch the early train and the train was delayed a half hour. We caught the bus when we got Rome to St. Peters rather than the train because it was raining and the bus brings you closer to St. Peters. We got caught in rush hour traffic but we finally made it to St. Peters at 11:00 :-( Bob had said, "If it's meant to be it'll be." We made it in time. Pope Benedict speaks to each nationality in their language. We stood with over 5,000 other umbrellas (pilgrims) and listened. We climbed up on chairs for a better view and Pope Benedict gave a special blessing to us, our children, and our families. The tears and emotions really kicked in then. There was a group from Crookston diocese in Minnesota! When the groups from Kazakhstan were announced their choir sang liturgical music beautifully. The music filled St. Peter's square. Pope Benedict finished about noon. The crowds were slow to move and were lining up to visit St. Peters so we dried some seats and sat down for a picnic in the square. We imagined pilgrims of long ago breaking bread with family and friend in the square after the Papal blessing.

Italy | Rome | Tiber River

Italy | Rome | Trevi Fountain with son Justin

The crowds were too great so we decided to visit St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel another day. We walked...and walked simply enjoying the narrow cobblestone streets, the cafes, piazzas, and the architecture. We visited the Pantheon and remembered when Al and I sang with our college choir the Chamber Simgers back in 1971. Rather an emotional moment. We walked by Castel Sant Angelo and over the Tiber River. We walked through the Piazza Navona before heading to Trevi Fountain for a photo moment. Then we walked to Piazza de Spagna to climb the Spanish Steps. We took the early train home before the rain began again. Bob made his Raspberry Chicken on the grill, Val took charge of the wild rice, salad, and fresh bread from the bakery. "Twas an inspiring day... Goodness tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It'll be interesting putting together a Thanksgiving feast where it isn't celebrated. Well at least the stores will be open. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Rome | Collesium| son Justin

Italy | Rome | Collesium with son Justin

November 21, 2006

Buon giorno, We were up at 7:30 for coffee and showers. We had breakfast and took the 9:00 train to Rome. Bob, Val, and Justin took the tour of the Colosseum while Al and I walked around the forum and Capitoline Hill. We met them for a picnic lunch at 1:00 in front of the Colosseum. Al and I cheated we shared one of our sandwiches in the forum earlier. After lunch Bob, Val, and Justin toured the Palatine while Al and I climbed back up to Capitoline Hill. We met around 3:00 to tour the Roman forum and then we walked up to Capitoline Hill again. Al and I climbed all those steps three times. We walked up the Vittorio Emanuel monument What a view! We caught a bus to the Vatican to get reservation to see the Pope tomorrow. We took a quick look at St. Peters and then walked to the metro. We caught the 6:09 train to Nettuno. The guys went to the grocery store while Val and I went back to the boat to start dinner. We had spagetti with sausage, mushrooms and hamburger. Way more carne than Italian s eat! I'm way behind on personal emails but having been gone to Venice and Florence for 5 days and 3 guests on board it may take me a while to catch up. We're off to see Pope Benedict tomorrow. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Anzio beach sson Justin

November 20, 2006

Buon giorno from Nettuno, We traveled by train with Bob and Val from Florence yesterday. We met Justin in Rome and traveled back to Nettuno together. We were up and enjoying coffee at home on Artemis about 8:00. We took our showers and had cereal for breakfast. We walked to Anzio to visit the War Memorial museum but it wasn't open on Monday :-( So we walked the beach and saw the ruins of Nero's villa and harbor. We visited the church and we were told the story of their bell. It was a gift from some American Italians from Rochester New York. A group of 250 people traveled from Rochester to present and dedicate the bell to the people of Anzio. We had lunch before heading back to Nettuno. We went to visit the World War II cemetery for the fallen military in Sicily, Nettuno and Anzio. It is quite impressive even on a second visit. We grocery shopped and went how. We picked up some lovely steaks to grill and Val made a great Greek salad. We drank wine and dipped our bread in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Italian cake for dessert. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Florence | Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore

November 18, 2006

Buon giorno from Florence, We slept well. The apartment was very comfortable and the showers were great. We made coffee and had juice and fruit. Then we had pastry at the corner bakery. We visited Plaza San Marco (confusing as we were just in Venice and visited St. Marks). We toured the cathedral , the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore which is Europes fourth largest church. We toured the Bargello museum which houses Italy's finest sculptures including Donatello's David, and Mercury by Giambologna. We visited Dante's church and home. We saw where Michelangelo lived when he was 14 and studying sculpture. We went back to the apartment and move to our Bed and Breakfast for our second night in Florence. We had a big room for four and a bathroom. Not quite as nice as our previous accommodations. But for 75 Euro for four... The view was marvelous. We overlooked a beautiful garden and a lovely skyline and church. We went for lunch and extended our stay when the skies opened and the wind began to howl. We rain betw een raindrops back to the hotel and got our umbrellas. We went to the internet for an hour and it cleared up. We had a nice walk just wandering around town. We found several churches and Ponte Vecchio over the river Arno (only bridge left standing after World War II). We took some lovely night shots. The bridge had a light show. What a show the lights changed from shades of red to mauve to purple to blue, green and yellow. We stopped for ice cream and then wine, beer and a pizza snack before heading back to our B & B. Ciao

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Florence -Firenze |Bronze Baptistery doors

November 17, 2006

Buongiorno from Florence, We had another nice continental breakfast and then headed out for the train station. We stopped and picked up sandwiches for the train. We visited Church of Scalzi by the train station. It was so unexpected and absolutely beautiful. Our train left Venice at 10:30 and we arrived in Florence at 1:30. We walked about ten minutes to meet our guide to the apartment. What a pleasant surprise. For 70 Euro's we had a cute two bedroom apartment with kitchen and bathroom not 5 minutes from the Mercato Central.

Ghibeillino was modern but had local 16th century flavor. We walked to the Galleria dell Academia and toured the museum which featured Michelangelo's David. We toured for two hours then went to Piazza del Duomo. We toured the Baptistery of San Giovanni and saw the bronze doors. It was dark so we walked around the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) and bell tower. We'll go back tomorrow and visit in the daylight. We found a grocery store for a few supplies and headed back to the apartment. We had drinks before going to dinner. We went to Da Garibardi in Piazza del Mercato Centrale for dinner. This is the restaurant owned by the people we rented our apartment from. We had an excellent meal... wine, salad, two orders of spagetti and a 2 kilo steak Florentine to share. We had four yummy desserts all for about 20 Euros each. Tomorrow we explore Florence. Ciao

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Venice | Rialto Bridge

Italy | Venice | Hotel La Forcola | Val and Bob Ouellette with Sally

November 16, 2006

Buon giorno from Venice, We slept with the windows open so we woke to the sound of canal traffic and kids laughing as they walked to school. We showered...oh what decadence! We had radiator heated towels! How wonderful to have huge warm towels to wrap in after a shower. What an invention :-). We had a continental breakfast with wonderful warm fruited croissants, rolls, juice and cereal.

Italy | Venice | St. Marks Cathedral

Italy | Venice | Quadriga and St. Marks Clock Tower

We walked to St Marks square and visited the Basilica, attended mass, and climbed up to the museum. Oh what a view of both the interior of the basilica and overlooking San Marco's Square. We also toured Palazzo Ducale. The tour was well worth the 12 Euro's. Actually it was over whelming after 3 hours! One can only absorb so much beauty and history at one time. We traveled the Bridge of Sighs (named for the sighs of prisoners led to trial) into the prison...rather creepy. We went to lunch in a fun little Pizzeria on a little side street and had a variety of spaghetti. We walked, shopped and yakked our way back to the hotel. What fun to speak English and to have friend we share a history with!!! We regrouped and headed to the train station to buy Bob and Val's tickets to Florence and Rome. We filled our water bottles with wine along the way at a shop that locals bring in their containers to refill. Pinot Girgeo was 2 Euro's a liter and Merlot for 1.75 Euro. It was great wine too!! We went back to the hotel drank some wine and then went out for pizza and pasta. We were up after 10:00 two days in a row. Bob and Val may be a bad or good influence on us. Venetian food has more meat and it's spicier than other parts of Italy. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Venice | Outside Venice train station

November 15, 2006

Buon giorno, We were up bright and early, 5:30, to catch the 6:30 train to Roma. I packed a lunch for the train. We took the 9:30 Euro Star train to Venice. (about 90 Euro's for two). We had a lovely, comfortable train ride through the countryside and the mountains. Lots of tunnels, one lasted almost ten minutes. We traveled through Florence and Bologne. Then the land turned more flat and agriculutral. We arrived in Venice just before two o'clock. Our hotel "across" from the train station was pretty much where after studying the map where I thought it was. So we started walking and walking with Al reminding me every few minutes, "this hotel is suppose to be across from the station". His biggest fear was having to lug the duffel all the way back again. So finally ten minutes and several street name changes later were not ten feet from our hotel when our son Christopher called. Al said, "Here talk to your mother she has us lost in Venice." Suddenly Al discovered Hotel La Forcola over the next little canal bridge :-) We had a beautiful corner room with two windows opening onto balconies overlooking a little canal. What a find!

Italy | Venice | small canal

Italy | Venice | canals

We decided to go exploring. We just walked and wandered to see what we might find. Venice has so many little tiny streets, bridges and canals. It is so exciting being here. We decided to try and find St. Marks square before dark. The streets of Venice change names every few blocks, quite confusing. But there are sign posts on the buildings pointing the way to different sights. We kept following S Marco signs and eventually found it just as the sun was setting. Beautiful... Gondoliers were busily poling their customers up and down the little canal some actually singing Italian arias. The main canals were busy with gondola ferries, traghetti, valp (taxi). We stopped a couple of places for beer and wine. One place charged Al 8 Euro's for a beer so after that we always asked first and we got a large beer for 4 Euro's. We stopped for Pizza before meeting Bob and Val's train at 8:30 from Hungry. Val had a bottle of wine from Budapest to celebrate our adventure together! We took Bob and Val back to our pizza place to eat. It was a lovely first day in Venice. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 14, 2006

Buongiorno, Another beautiful day, sunny and warm. Al worked on the cords again today and I cleaned out the refrigerator as we will be gone for 5 days. We went shopping and actually bought something other than food, beer and wine. Al bought a new shirt and I bought some black jeans and a belt that cost more than the jeans :-) We picked up some things to pack a picnic lunch for the train tomorrow. We are up bright and early to catch the 6:30 Nettuno train to Roma and then another train to Venice. We'll be in Venice with our friends Bob and Val Ouellette from Duluth, the 15th and 16th. Then we'll take a train to Florence for the 17th and 18th. Finally we catch a train back to Roma on the 19th to meet our son Justin's plane at 4:00. So we probably won't send a log to the group until Monday the 20th. If we have internet access we'll send a log to Patrick each day so you can check the website Also if you haven't been checking the website, Patrick has loaded many of our pictures to one of the links. We'll be able to check our emails while we're gone so keep a writing! Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 13, 2006

Buongiorno, Nice day today. Al worked on a boarding platform to make it feel more secure when getting on and off the boat. It's a little bit uneven but it's sanding itself off on the dock as the boat moves slightly back and forth in the slip. Then he made all the exterior shore power electrical connections water tight. We had trouble with the rain shorting it out yesterday. Every day we hear the Italian Navy having artillery practice. It's about as useful as the US Coast Guards proposal for doing artillery practice on the Great Lakes. We hear the church bells on the hour and angelicas at noon and six. So I guess that makes up for the booming of artillery. Al says, "He's seen it all now." We've seen a lot of heavy duty inflateables but there is one here that has four 250 hp Honda outboards on it. It's at least 35 ft long. We've heard about the crazy Italian boaters (pay no attention to seamanship)and we plan to get out of the area before their season begins. We bought our train tickets to Venice and Florence today. We meet our friends Bob and Val on Wed. in Venice. They've left Greece and are now in Budapest. We have found the world's slowest Internet Point and expensive 2.50 Euro an hour! Kathy and Don showed us a faster/better one but we're having trouble finding it again :-( Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Nettuno | Catholic church we attended in Old Town each Sunday

November 12, 2006

Buongiorno, What is this wet stuff falling from the sky. We woke to rain early this morning. It cleared up while we walked up to old town to church but just before mass ended another huge down pour. Ten minutes later it cleared. It was cloudy but not too cold 60's. We met our friends Kathy and Don to give us a tour of the town, places to shop etc. Then we went out for a nice lunch to thank them for all they've done for us this week. We enjoyed a 2 hour lunch yakking. We walked some more and went back to their boat to look at maps and brochures for Venice and Florence, then onto Greece and Turkey. One never runs out of things to talk about with another cruiser. We learn of great places to go, bargains to be gotten, and things to watch out for. Great interesting day. We have so much to learn from the experiences of others. We were introduced to a creamy lemon liquor made in southern Italy. (kind of like Bailey's only lemon flavored) Kathy made us a tasty bowl of pasta and Greek salad. We d rank another bottle of wine and finally went home to Artemis about 10:00. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 11, 2006

Buongiorno, So far we love the weather in Nettuno. We understand it never freezes or snows here so that's a plus. It is shirt sleeve weather in the sunshine and a light jacket when in the shade. We walked around town today finding the internet point, butchershop, fruits and vegetables... We had a wonderful lunch at a cafe. It's always an experience as we are never quite sure what we'll be getting. For our starter course we ordered one order of Di Mare Caldo e freddo. We knew it was some sort of seafood (di mare). We later discovered it was hot and cold seafood. Very octopus, squid, clams, mussels, barnacles, razor clams, cold sardines, octopus, squid, salmon, artichokes, lettuce. Plus some other things I'm not quite sure of maybe livers. It was enough for four people. For a first course we split an order of spagetti pomodoro (tomato). After all of that we didn't do a second course, or dessert! We found a telephone and called our parents and kids. We ordered dock lines with springs for the boat and a mooring bridle for the mooring. We want to be sure the boat is secure when we leave for the states in Jan. and Feb. Claudio at the ships store says, "No Worry. I watch your boat. If bad weather comes I check your boat. It's safe." People truly are friendly and try to help us as best as they can. All we can do is use lots of hand motions, point at pictures, or draw pictures, nod, smile and try again. I have an Italian dictionary and phrase book which sometimes helps :-) Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 10, 2006

Buongiorno, Sunny, gorgeous day in the 70's. We visited the hardware store for some paint/varnish remover. What an experience. It takes some figuring out but most times the shop keeper will understand what you want and then proceed to try and teach you the Italian words for what it is. We thought we could have internet on board but can't get the card to work :-( Don't know if it just doesn't work or we just haven't figured out how to make it work. Al spent all afternoon cleaning up the teak. Now it needs a two part teak cleaner and then it'll be ready for it's new finish. I cleaned windows and some more stainless steel. The rust comes so fast but it does clean up. I even lounged on the deck and read a book for awhile. I felt a little guilty with Al working so hard, but only a little :-) We enjoyed a beautiful sunset at about 5:00. It gets dark early just like in Minnesota. I'm sure it's dark at 6 AM also but since we don't "have" to get up we have sunshine and a beautiful blue sky to wa ke us up. Also, please someone in the family send Connie's new email address. The one we received came back as an error. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 9, 2006

Buongiorno, Cloudy but warm today. We washed the hull with awlgrip soap and it looks good. Then we moved the boat into our winter slip. The other was temporary until our slip was ready. We backed it in stern to the dock so we had to take the paddle off of the Monitor windvane (didn't want to risk it hitting the dock and being damaged). Al thought it would make it easier to get on and off the boat. I'm undecided if this is true or not. The transformer Al wired yesterday works like a charm and it's great having hot water again! Al decided to wire in another 12 volt socket so we can charge both the telephone and the computer at the same time. This would normally be a 15 minute job but since it was being done on a boat it turned into a 2+ hour job! The teak board Al was drilling into cracked and fell apart. So he had to mix up epoxy and glue it back together again before he could continue. The fuse blew twice, what a pain. Job is completed and all works fine. Started some sanding on the teak combing. We started back in August and just never got back to it. Strange sight just before sunset. Flocks of birds swarming, much like you see bees do around a hive. It was quite fascinating how they clumped close then swerved and turned making curves and shapes in the sky. It's really hard to describe. Kind of like pulling the material around on an Etchn' Sketch. Well I did video tape so someday I can show you. :-) Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 8, 2006

Buongiorno, Great day in Nettuno, sunny and warm. Al and I walked around some of the town today after lunch. Al found an electronics store that had the connections he needed for the transformer. We'll soon have hot water on board when in port! Our European charger takes care of the battery bank and the refrigeration but not the hot water heater. :-( We visited the American War Memorial Cemetery. It is quite impressive and well taken care of. The Italians granted the land but the United States keeps up the property and you can tell. It is immaculate and very well groomed. Over 8,000 soldiers are buried here mostly from Army 5th, 7th, and 8th regiments that fought in Sicily, Nettuno, or Anzio during WW II 1941-1944. We walked through part of the old town and visited the church. The narrow cobblestone streets are just as I expected. We stopped for a cafe latte and a pastry to share :-). We have a new Pribyl niece, Danica Cynthia Hageman born Tues. Nov. 7. Congratulations Anna, Matt, Kelsey, and Julianna! We're grilling pork chops and eggplant tonight.

Italy | Nettuno | 12m boat harbor | Old Town Wall

November 7, 2006

Buongiorno, Another beautiful, sunny day. We paid our bill and left Porto Turistico di Roma about 9:30. We had NE 7 winds so we motor sailed down to Marina Nettuno. It was in the 70's and we polished stainless steel wearing shorts on the trip down. Lovely day! We arrived around 2:00 and Kathy and Don met us on the dock and helped us get in. They have a 55 ft. Tayana and are from Las Vegas. We lucked out. We've been trying to buy a Claritron transformer and they had one in their storage locker. We tried to buy it but Don said, "No. Take it and pass it on to the next guy." I think lunch or dinner is in order... We grilled steaks to celebrate our boat's new home for the next 4-5 months. Tomorrow we'll have to go exploring and find out what is around, internet, supermarketi, laundry, restaurants, church, post office, sites... How many calories in a green olive? They go down so easily they have to be bad for you! We still don't have Connie's email address. Someone please send it to us. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 6, 2006

Buongiorno, It was a sunny, warmer day today, about 68 degrees. It's hard to believe it's November with weather like this. We tied up loose ends here. Did laundry, grocery shopping and filled the water tanks. Only walked for an hour today. We had to give our legs a rest. We're planning to sail down to Marina Nettuno tomorrow if the weather is good. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Scavi di Ostia Antica | Roman Ruins

Italy | Scavi di Ostia Antica | Roman Ruins

Italy | Scavi di Ostia Antica | Roman Ruins

Italy | Scavi di Ostia Antica | Roman Ruins

Italy | Scavi di Ostia Antica | Roman Ruins

November 5, 2006

Buongiorno, Another walking trip for us today. We decided to visit Scavi di Ostia Antica today. It's at the next train stop over from Lido where we are. We decided to walk there. Ha! We walked for one and a half hours, an hour of which was along a highway with no shoulders :-( I was not a happy camper but Al kept insisting it's just ahead. We finally arrived around 1:00 and it was worth the trip. The ruins of this Roman settlement date back to he IV century BC. It was a fortified citadel controlling access to Rome by the Tiber River. The city's ancient ruins covers an area of about 34 hectares. It was a much bigger deal than we expected going there. When visiting you walk the streets of the old town lined with the lower walls and foundations of all the buildings. Some second and third story structures still exist and the theater is pretty much intact. A lot of columns, headless statues, tombs, fresco's of Roman life, and pictorial mosaic floors. In several areas the original marble is st ill surrounding doorways, altars, and inlaid floors. We caught the 5:00 train back to our marina. (10 mins and a 5 min bus ride) We passed a vender selling roasted corn on the cob and chestnuts. We noticed roasted chestnuts in Rome yesterday too. It must be a seasonal thing. We find getting around on public transit cheap and easy. We are tired sailors tonight but had a great time. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Rome| Hadrian's Market

Italy | Rome | Forum

November 4, 2006

Buongiorno, Another crisp clear day about 40 degrees in the morning but dry. We slept with our hatch open. It was about 65 during the day. We waited an hour and a half for the propane guy to return our tanks. We finally left for Rome about 11:45. We had our picnic lunch at the Colosseum again then walked through the Roman Forum to where we left off the last time. Today we walked and walked and walked. We visited the Imperial Forum, the Trajan Market, Trajan's Column, churches of Santa Maria di Lorento and Santissimo Nome di Maria. Then we walked by the Victor Emanuel monument and wandered forever looking for Basilica San Pietro Vincoli (St. Peter's of the Chains). We wanted to see the famous Moses statue again. We got into the middle of a communist march of over 5000 people. (hammer and sickle) Found Moses but then had to walk through the entire march for two miles to get to St. Peters. We attended 5:30 mass, in Italian of course. It was fun experiencing Rome after dark but we headed str aight home to the marina. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

November 3, 2006

Buongiorno, Another sunny but chilly day (mid 60's). We found someone to pick up our American propane tanks and fill them so we had to hang around the boat until 12:30. We decided we may as well do some laundry. Mmm... I love fresh clean sheets. After lunch we walked to the Tiber river and looked at the boats moored there. Lots and lots of boats berthed along the river and nothing but swamp between them and the town. We're in a better spot by far. We walked for a couple of hours and just enjoyed the day. We always pick up beer and wine when we are out and about because it's so heavy we can only bring a little back at a time even with our little grocery cart. We talked to a broker down at Marina Nettuno and he has a berth for us at half as much as it would be here. (1,100 euros for 5 months) So we're planning to move next week. We are enjoying your emails but be sure to remember not to hit reply to answer us. Simply start a new email. When you hit reply it takes longer for us to receive i t as it clogs up the email system on the ham radio. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Rome| Train to Nettuno

November 2, 2006

Buongiorno from Nettuno What a lovely day. We left the marina about 65 degrees and took a train to Nettuno about 26 nm from Porto Turistico di Roma. We decided we wanted to visit the marina there and we loved it. We plan to move the boat within the week to a berth at Marina di Nettuno. It opens on to an old walled city. It's very much like many ports we've visited. Porto Turistico was too modern and too removed from the type of village we are used to. It's only 10 min. further from Rome and the train is much nicer. We walk 2 blocks to the marina instead of taking a bus. It's actually easier not to travel with the commuter traffic. The marina is more established much older than here. We met another American couple from Las Vegas Kathy and Don, who winter there last year. I will not travel without my coat again. It was mighty chilly on the trip home. (50 degrees) Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

Italy | Turistica di Roma| Artemis Navigation station

November 1, 2006

Buongiorno, I can't believe it's November already. We woke to a rainy, cloudy day. So we did inside projects today. Al wired a 220 volt plug so we could plug in an electric heater. Don't really need it yet but we'll be prepared. I organized cupboards and took stock of what is hidden away. We scanned our passports and boat documents, and used our printer for the first time. We sat back and looked at slide show of our pictures thus far. We're happy with some nice shots but it's amazing. We always think we are taking way more pictures than we do. We never even got off of the boat all day. Just cozy down below. I made chicken/sausage catittore (someone spell this for me!) for supper. There's nothing like a pot of something simmering on the stove when it's drizzly out :-) We hope to go traveling tomorrow. Ciao,

Love Sally and Al

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