Category Archives: Italy

The Best Thing to Do in Rome! The Angels and Demons Tour.

In my last post (here) I almost challenged Dan Brown to write another book about weird symbolic stuff used by the Catholic Church. I am a fan of his. I decided a long time ago that “when in Rome” I would take the Dan Brown Angels and Demons tour. It was the third tour we took with Dark Rome Tours, […]

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Vatican City, and the Giant Pinecone

This was my second bucket list item in as many days! Today, you say the word Vatican and everyone thinks of the center of the Roman Catholic Church, or some, the center of Christianity itself. Some, such as your ever irreverent travel blogger, think of a place where secrets are guarded in order to not upset the power of the […]

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The Coliseum

Even before I had a bucket list, the Coliseum was on my bucket list. The most iconic symbol of Rome screamed out at me to visit since I was a child. Movies with gladiators and other bloody events taking place in front of the emperor and thousands of Romans made me commit to see the place. I was not disappointed. […]

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Random Roaming in Roma

In my next two posts I will cover the elimination of two more of my bucket list items, the Coliseum and of course Vatican City. Then I will treat you to the best thing I did in Rome, I’ll keep that for a surprise. This post will ramble around in no particular order and try to tell you in my […]

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Rome on $500 a Day

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We left Umbria after 6 days of wonderful tours, meals, making new friends and never reaching for our wallet all courtesy of the Umbrian tourism authority and Travel Bloggers Unite. We took a nice train ride of about 2 hours into Rome’s central train station. I got off the train and desperately needed to relive myself of that morning’s espresso […]

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An Electronic Librarian in a Medieval Library

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My wife Mary Ann has a job in a very modern, well funded library in Sharjah UAE. Thanks to the benevolence of the ruler of Sharjah who I unashamedly give a nod to whenever I see his photo. He supports education and the arts at great expense. Shukran. Her title is Electronic Resources Librarian. In Umbria we got to see […]

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Streets and Doors in Umbria

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This is a simple photo essay. The photos were all taken in medieval towns in Umbria. 

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St George’s Day at Lungarotti Vinyards

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The last winery I took you to was new and experimental. See that post at http://theothersideofthecoconut.com/2012/05/04/beyond-assisi-winery-tour-stop-1/ Lungarotti is well established and traditional. Lungarotti wines can be found around the world. If your wine shop does not have any, educate them and have them buy a case or two. You will end up buying all they stock! Lungarotti is the creation of Giorgio […]

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Medieval Arts and Crafts

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Between winery stops I am going to tell you about a visit to another medieval town. Umbria has these beautiful little towns on hilltops wherever you go. They are just far enough apart that one can imagine a person living in the 15th century in Assisi or Bevagna for their entire life and never traveling to the other. I would […]

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Beyond Assisi, Winery Tour Stop 1

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The bloggers conference was over. I did not mention meeting Steve McCurry, maybe the best travel photog on the planet. Now the Umbria Tourist board treated us to one of six 2 ½ day tours around Umbria. We choose the wine and crafts tour. Others chose the chocolate tour or the adventure tour with white water rafting. Umbria has many […]

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