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Sicily

It’s not that we didn’t want to go to Sicily.

 

We were supposed to go bicycling in the Dolomites. But, apparently we were the only idiots who wanted to bike ride in a mountain range to elevations of 11,000 feet, so they cancelled the trip for September and we had to re-direct our travel.

 

We hadn’t thought about Sicily, but it sounded great. It was historic, land-and-sea-focused, and had lots and lots of hills. (We must have been in our ill-fated, short-lived “We can ride mountains!” phase.) And it was still Italy.

 

Or was it?

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Not Playing Favorites

aka: Selective Memories 

 

When you travel as much as we do, you’re hit with inevitable questions:

 

“Aren’t you worried about your safety?”

 

“What do you pack?”

 

“What’s your favorite place?”

 

The first two usually get a smartass response from me, and the last one is somewhat audience-dependent.  But, the true answer is “If I have one favorite, I haven’t traveled enough.”

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Rome

Rome doesn’t suck

 

I made peace with Rome at a small, off the beaten path restaurant. It was a combination of the sparkling wine (in a country of thick, dirty reds) and some fritto vegetariano.  Deep. Fried. Vegetables. 

 

On this tiny side street it finally felt smaller, less crowded, more accessible.  Almost charming.

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