Mediterranean Sea |Tyrrhenean Sea| Italy | Tivoli | Villa d'Este
November 30, 2010
Hi Everyone, Al and I took the train to Rome on Saturday, Nov. 27 and then caught a bus to the hilltop town of Tivoli. Tivoli was the summer escape for rich Romans. Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este are Unesco World Heritage sites. We visited Villa d'Este and it's magnificent High Renaissance garden first. The villa is in the town of Tivoli. It has many interior frescoes but it's garden is what we came to see. Beautiful terraces with water spouting /Gargoyles, spectacular fountains powered by gravitational force, and elaborately designed avenues lined by cypress trees. Unfortunately the fountains have been winterized but the effect is still spectacular. There is one 130m path that has over 100 fountains. We met a nice young man from Denver at the Duomo who will be ordained this year as a priest in the Franciscan Order. He's been in Italy for 6 years. He translated "Our Cruising Story" to the teenagers acting as guides in the Duomo. They all thought they should come live with us:-)
After a picnic lunch we caught a bus to Villa Adriana about 5 km away. This was Emperor Hadrian's summer residence built between AD 118 and 134. Hadrian personally designed much of this huge complex. It was more like a town than a villa. His inspiration came from his travels of the world. The pecile, a large porticoed pool area where the emperor took his stroll after lunch was designed after a building in Athens. The canapa is a copy of the sanctuary of Serapis near Alexandria representing the Nile. It is a long canal of water surrounded by Egyptian statues. Hadrian's private retreat the Teatro Maritimo is built on an island in an artificial pool. We walked for hours very quickly and still did not see it all... Both Villa's are worth "Googling".
On Sunday, Nov. 28 we went with our friends on Quest, Robert and Christina to Rome to meet some other cruising friends from Kemer Turkey. Judy and Bob on "Pooh Bear" from Texas are renting an apartment in Rome for two months. We met them in the Trastevere area to go to the Sunday flea market. The Romans claim if something has been stolen during the week you can buy it back on Sunday at the market. It was a "zoo" jam packed with people looking an odd assortment of antiques and JUNK. But then one person's junk is another person's prize. This is the only place in Rome we've ever felt the danger of pick pockets. We are always so careful and I never carry anything on me. I did have a hand in my pocket one time and it wasn't mine! We had a nice lunch together and headed home after making plans for Pooh Bear to visit Nettuno on Thursday. We head for Chicago next Sunday. Pray for safe travel and good weather. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
Hi Everyone, Happy Thanksgiving! We woke this morning in Nettuno to a rainbow, some light rain and now patches of blue sky. Perhaps we'll have a nice day after all the rain we've had. We will have Thanksgiving aboard Artemis today. A whole turkey won't fit in our oven so we have a 5# breast and 2# thigh/leg meat pieces to roast with our sausage stuffing:-) I even remembered to bring back cranberries with us when we were home this summer. Our friends on "Quest" Christina and Robert will bring the mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert. We are thankful Christina is out of the hospital after a week stay. She had a shock treatment to her heart to regulate heart beat. Then they needed to give blood thinners so she needed to stay until her blood counts were in appropriate levels. We could only visit 2 hours a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Italy has National medical so she was in a room with 6 women with not even a privacy curtain. Everything looked so run down and dirty. Not of the American standards for sure. The food was horrible so we would bring care packages and one day I took her homemade soup and fresh bread. But she is home now and thankful to be out and about again.
Salvatore the Italian who owns the boat next to Quest has been wonderful. He gave Robert a car to use and he or one of his sons would go and speak to the doctors for them. They also had Robert to lunch every day as they live a block from the marina. Al and I tried to visit Brother Aaron Loch at the seminary last Sunday. But it turned into a fiasco. We wandered around for 45 min. in the pouring rain and dark trying to follow the directions Brother Aaron gave us from the train station. Come to find out later we were on the wrong train system. The metro subway has a Valle Aurelia stop and the train to Cititavecchia has an Aurelia stop. Both leave from Termini station so when Brother Aaron and I talked I thought we were talking about the same train. So we missed the open house at the seminary, Christ the King mass, and meeting Brother Aaron. Hopefully we'll get a chance to meet him before we come home in a few weeks.
Also other sailing friends on "Pooh Bear" Bob and Judy have arrived from Turkey in Rome. But not by boat by plane. They've rented an apartment for a month in Rome. So we hope to see them too before we come home. Everyone has been busy this week around town and in the marina hanging Christmas lights and decorating for the holidays. The Christmas Market in Rome opens this week. So we are excited to get out and see the sights at night. Now if the weather will just cooperate. We don't mind a few sprinkles here and there but when it pours buckets it puts a damper on things. Hope everyone has a fun, Happy Thanksgiving. We have much to be Thankful for: Each other, kids, grandkids, family, friends,kind/helpful strangers, health...Love and God Bless Sally and Al