Road to Sorrento

Thursday we left the beautiful city of Rome to travel south to Sorrento. A stop at Pompei to view the excavations of the city that was destroyed and buried under 20 ft of volcanic ash and pumice in the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It was hot, humid and dusty, but enjoyed the tour.


On to Sorrento by way of Bay of Naple. Such beautiful scenery along the coast.

We arrive at our hotel right on the coast surrounded by beautiful lush gardens.

Jim and I enjoyed a glass of wine every evening on the patio overlooking the water. The meals were great usually one night at the hotel then next night at a local restaurant. 

I’ll continue Sorrento in the next post.

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Colosseum 

The tour keeps us so busy it’s hard to find time for posting to the blog, so sorry I’m running so far behind. So Wednesday afternoon the Colosseum was on our schedule. Our local guides they have provided are wonderful, just full of knowledge. It’s been quite hot and humid, so it was a bit uncomfortable being at the Colosseum but survived to see it all. Jim and I walked around the whole inside. Just walking around in a structure that was constructed in AD 72 is just beyond belief.

The pictures are in reverse order so look at the bottom ones in each section first. I am taking advantage of traveling time to do some posting and the internet is quite slow so will be doing small posts at a time to get them through. We have been having a great time, seen a lot, eating way too much, tasted Italian wines. 

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Trevi Fountain, Pantheon 

We hit the streets again this morning at 7:45 to cover a bit of ground before all the crowds. We found the famous Trevi Fountain which was featured in the movie Three Coins in a Fountain.

After leaving there we just meandered around the streets, came across Piazza Navona with a pretty Fountain.

We found the Pantheon which is a former Roman temple,now a church that dates back to 126 AD. As before, pictures just doesn’t do it justice.

From there we wound our way back to the hotel for a break, a little lunch. Now we are about to leave on our afternoon tour of the Colosseum, Forum ruins. Will post that later.

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From Vatican to Catacombs

Tuesday at 7:15 am we departed for the Vatican to tour the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Our tour group is quite small at only 14 people so it makes it much nicer, don’t need to wait for so many people. Here are pictures of the Vatican Museum.

Next we went through the Sistine Chapel, but pictures were not allowed. The Michaelangelo paintings on the walls and the ceiling are amazing. From there we went into Saint Peter Basilica. As soon as you walk in you immediately feel smal because it’s so massive. There is so much to see from sculptures to mosaics. It is a bit overwhelming. It just cannot be captured in pictures.

Here are a few pics of St Peter’s Square.

Love the guards uniforms!

We had a 2 hour break for lunch after arriving back at the hotel before our next tour, so we walked down the street to this sidewalk cafe for pizza and a glass of wine. Next was a tour of the Catacombs which are subterranean burial grounds which date back to the 2nd century. Interesting but not high on my list of things to see. Unable to take pictures so can’t show you what it was like. Then we went to see the Michaelangelo’s sculpture of Moses.

Dinner was on our own last night, enjoyed a couple glasses of wine at a sidewalk cafe then some spaghetti and meatballs. 

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When In Rome…..

Note: Writing Moon Ventures blog under here because my Moon Ventures blog site wants to be Italian and unable to download pictures.

Left the house at 4am on Sunday am and landed in Rome at 8am Monday am (9 hours ahead of Tucson) for a total of 19 hours. We are taking a Perillo Tour of Italy for the next 12 days. Being our first trip to Italy, we wanted to see all the highlights so thought it would be easiest with a tour. They picked us up at the airport and delivered us to our hotel. Our first day is open, so we headed out to walk the streets. Here are some of the sights we saw.





We finally found our way back to the hotel and are resting. Haven’t had much sleep plus it was quite warm here. Tonight we have dinner with the group then tomorrow we start the serious touring. 

Sorry about my normal blog site, but just unable to get it to work correctly so this will do for now.

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Hovering in the Moment

“Hummingbird shows us how to re-visit the past for the purpose of releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight pattern. It also helps us to see that if we step aside we may see our life differently. Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.” ~ Constance Barrett Sohodski

Hummingbird in Flowers – 24×30 Oil Painting by LMoon

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Life is Art

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~ John Gardner

Butterfly on Lilac  ~  24×18 original oil painting by LMoon. 

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