Buon giorno What a beautiful day! I did laundry to hang out in all this sunshine. It was 84 degrees in the sun (according to my outdoor thermometer) and 74 in the shade. Al and I stripped varnish off all the hand grab rails on the deck. What a job! Actually Al stripped the varnish and I cleaned up after him as he went. We also took the inverter up to the marine store to be shipped. Hopefully it'll be gone before we are. We haven't been too impressed with the postal service. We had an item shipped two day service from Bonifacio, Corsica and it took over a week. Bob and Val shipped us a box over three weeks ago and we still haven't seen it. Hopefully Giorgio will do the warranty work on the inverter and ship it right back. Maybe it'll be here when we return :-) We plan to clean the refrigerator and close the rest of the thru hulls today. We'll eat supper our tonight. Everything needs to be ready tonight as we plan to catch the 7:20 train to Rome tomorrow so this is our last log for a while . We have to be at the airport 3 hours in advance. We can print our boarding passes on the boat so that'll be taken care of today. Can't believe we'll be home tomorrow! Ciao,
Love Sally and Al
January 8, 2006
Buon giorno Al started closing thru hulls on the boat today, empty strainers... We cleaned up the grill and put it away. It rained off and on most of the day so the jeans I washed I had to hang inside. Hmmm Any idea how long it takes jeans to dry? I started packing bags. We removed the invertor and boxed it up to send for repairs. We wanted to be sure to take care of it while it was still under warrenty. We picked up fresh produce. Trying to be careful not to over buy as we hate throwing food away and no one seems to be around to give it too. I made shrimp and sausage rigatoni for dinner, salad and carrots. We've had the best tomatoes from Sicily lately. Just bite size bigger than a cherry but oh so flavorful and firm. Ciao,
Love Sally and Al
January 7, 2006
Buon giorno We were all worn out from our travel yesterday and slept in this morning. Cloudy day. We went grocery shopping and got caught in the rain. Not too bad just a drizzle. After lunch we read and surfed on the internet. Truly we were happy to do very little today. Trying to organize all that needs to be done before we fly out on Thursday. People have been asking about our itinerary so here's what we know so far.
Thurs. Jan. 11 We fly British Airways flight #BA0549 leaving Rome 12:15 arriving in London Heathrow Airport at 2:00. We depart On British Airways BA0299 at 3:30 for Chicago O'Hare arriving at 6:10. Justin 773-991-4241 Chris 312-485-0059 Fri. Jan. 12
Drive to Cottage Grove with Mary and Chris to son Patrick and Nicci's house. 651-330-2288 Sat. Jan. 13 Cottage Grove Sun. Jan. 14 Wedding Shower Connie's house back to Cottage Grove Mon. Jan. 15 Cottage Grove Tues. Jan. 16- Thurs. Jan. 18 Maple Lake Al's Parents Fri. Jan. 19- Wed. Jan. 31 Minnesota (stay with Pat and another visit to Maple Lake, Doctor apts, dentist etc) Thurs. Feb. 1-6 Chicago and Chicago Boat Show. Wed. Feb. 7- Feb. 15 Fly NW Chicago to Detroit/Syracuse New York to visit Grandpa Fraher and Brother Tom and Margaret Thurs. Feb. 15 fly back to Chicago until Thurs Feb. 22 Thurs. Feb. 22 drive back to MN to Cottage Grove Fri. Feb. 23- Sun. Mar. 4 Minnesota Mon. Mar. 5 Fly American 4:40 PM to Chicago 7:55 PM British Airways to London 12:35 PM British Airways to Rome arr. 4:00PM So that's the overview of our plans at this time. Ciao,
Love Sally and Al
January 6, 2006
We took the train into Rome today. Epiphany is a holiday in Italy so many streets were closed to vehicular traffic. The streets were crowded especially with families. Epiphany is a children's holiday and they receive decorated stockings filled with candies and small toys.
We explored a new section of Rome for us. We visited Santa Maria degli Angeli designed by Michelangelo, Santa Maria della Vittoria with Bernini's St. Teresa's Ecstasy.
Italy | Rome | Villa Borghese
We tried to visit Villa Borghese park (couldn't get into the museum where many of Bernini's sculptures are exhibited, another day...). It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed visiting the park. The grounds are beautiful even during the winter! We walked down via Giorgio Washington dedicated to Rome by daughters of the American Revolution for the Italian support of the revolution.
Italy | Rome | Pizza del Popolo
We had lunch outdoors at a nice little Pizzeria outside of Porto Popolo. We explored Piazza del Popolo but the churches were closed. We walked to Piazza Spagne but our bookstore was closed so we headed for Piazza Navona. What a zoo! Elbow to Elbow Italian families celebrating Epiphany (face painting, balloons, street acts, flea market,) very festive! We walked crossed the Tiber and headed for St Peter's to 5:30 mass. It started with Vespers for Epiphany with about 20 cardinal attending. There was a men's choir. The Gregorian chants were lovely. We processed to the indoor near life size Nativity and then back to our seat for mass. The mixed adult choir sang mass and we heard our first Christmas carols. Lots of people in St. Peters and the piazza.