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How to love Rome

How to love Rome Stay on a happening and busy Plaza like the Pantheon or Piazza Navona. Take time to take in the sights and absorb the ambience. I have mixed feelings about tours. They provide invaluable information and context. But they rush you thru. I am reduced to taking crooked pictures out of bus windows. You don’t want to...

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/michael-cohen-and-the-end-stage-of-the-trump-presidency “Of course Trump is raging and furious and terrified. Prosecutors are now looking at his core. Cohen was the key intermediary between the Trump family and its partnersaround the world; he was chief consigliere and dealmaker throughout its period of expansion into global partnerships with sketchy oligarchs. He wasn’t a slick politico who showed up for a few months....

Rome Day 2

How to have a great day in Rome: Marvel at the David, all 15 feet of him Then realize that there are dozens of sculptures at St Peter’s Basilica just as big as the David. Feel small and insignificant at St Peters. Just like the rest of Rome, St Peter’s is simply monumental. Have a late lunch at Cafe Bernini...

Rome Day 1

Breakfast at hotel – nice selections of meats, cheeses, sweet rolls, and eggs/sausage/beans for the English. I am loving my Caffe Macciato’s. You know of course that you don’t order cappuccinos and lattes after noon – unless you are a horrid tourist, or heathen, or both. Coffee (and by coffee they mean espresso) “marked” with cream, in the cutest little...

Eating in Season

From “The Revealed Rome Handbook”: “Although everyone wants to try a Roman artichoke when they’re in Rome, carciofi romaneschi are only in season from February to May. If you see artichokes on a menu at any other time of year, they’re not Roman, so they won’t be a real taste of the famous dish (they’ll either be from somewhere else...

Traveller’s Italian

Non parlo italiano. — I don’t speak Italian. Parla inglese? — Do you speak English? Non capisco. — I don’t understand. If you can say you don’t speak Italian, in Italian, then honey, you’re speaking Italian. Here’s my basic list of tourist words you need to know in any language: Yes, no, hello, goodbye, sorry, excuse me, please, thank you,...

Venice to Florence

Beautiful breakfast on our last morning at the Locanda Oseolo. The cured meats in Italy are outstandingly flavorful even in thin slices. The panettone bread was moist and almond flavored. And oh my God the croissants were amazing. Moist and flaky and rich. I think it must have to do with the European butter. Then a skip the line “hidden...

Pacific Poke (Mira Mesa)

Tucked away in Namaste Plaza, Pacific Poke has really fresh fish and perfect sushi rice. The only 2 things that really matter. This place, and Poke One N Half, is all you need to know.