Monthly Archives: August 2011

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr

One of Michael’s colleagues told him that the best farmers market in Rome is near Vatican City, so Monday, I set out to find it. I walked for two hours, got lost in the little streets surrounding Vatican City, and … Continue reading

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All Walks Lead to the Pantheon

The banner at the top of this blog is a photo Michael took of the Pantheon one evening in June. M·AGRIPPA·L·F·COS·TERTIUM·FECIT means “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, during his third consulate, built it.” Since my first trip to Rome in … Continue reading

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An Italian IKEA

Do you remember the old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”? That was our Saturday in a nutshell, because on Saturday we went to IKEA! We needed some things for our apartment, and I can’t … Continue reading

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Discovering Roscioli, a Salumeria

I didn’t post yesterday because I was mediating a war between my Macbook laptop and my new Android. I’m a pretty devoted Apple fan with a Mac, an iPod, and a beloved iPhone, but I needed an unlocked cell phone … Continue reading

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Fascinating Piazza Farnese

When guidebooks happen to mention Piazza Farnese, and many don’t, they usually give it a backhanded compliment such as, “It’s a pretty little piazza but not very interesting.” The guidebook writers obviously haven’t visited Piazza Farnese in the morning. I … Continue reading

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Bufala Mozzarella

One of my most vivid memories is my first caprese salad in Rome in 2006, when Michael, Alison (our older daughter), and I traveled in Italy to celebrate Al’s 30th birthday and her master’s degree in education. We stumbled into a … Continue reading

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Agosto a Roma

I was going to write about food today, but I changed my mind: I’m writing about August instead. Don’t come to Rome in August. August is hot (high is expected to be 97 today—ugh!) and dry, and tourists take over … Continue reading

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