Monthly Archives: May 2008

The Floating City

The Floating City

The second leg of our intensive sightseeing trip with Melissa’s mother (May 3-9) took us to Venice, which Melissa had visited before but was new to the rest of us. As in Rome, we rented an apartment in a central, residential part of the city and did our best to live like locals for a… Read More

Popes, Popes Everywhere

Popes, Popes Everywhere

Before they were banished to the Vatican in the early 20th century, popes were the political as well as religious leaders of Rome. As a result, the city is chock full of past pontiffs. Every church of any stature has at least one buried there. We got to the point where we started rating churches… Read More

Where All Roads Lead

Where All Roads Lead

On April 26, Melissa’s mom came to join us for her much anticipated Italian vacation–a week each in Rome and Venice. We were so happy to see her (especially since she brought us some new clothes)! She loved Italy as much as we thought she would. The three of us packed a lot of sightseeing action… Read More

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm

Our two previous stints of HelpExchange (doing part-time work in exchange for room and board) involved fairly easy domestic tasks such as cleaning, cooking, painting/varnishing, and washing lots of dishes. Our most recent HelpX post, in the town of Lanuvio about 20 km south of Rome, finally got us out into the fields. Well, not… Read More