Friday, March 30, 2007
We began our trip by taking the train to the Station of the Pyramids. The Pyramid is a tomb built around 12 BC.
From the Pyramid we took various busses up the hill overlooking the city. It was a bit overcast but still offered an excellent view.
On top of the hill is an enormous fountain, considered to be the second most magnificent fountain in Rome behind Trevi.
This is a photo of Alex with Rome as a backdrop. In this picture you can see a bridge crossing the Tiber and the Vittorio Emmanuele monument in the background.
This is another shot of Rome. The massive dome in the middle is the Pantheon.
We just had to take this picture for fun. It is Andrew hanging off the wall on top of the hill.
You can't do all this walking in Rome without stopping by one of the clean and public water fountains.
We took some backroads to get to the bus station on our way back home including this street which led down many flights of stairs.
We arrived home very excited about what we had seen. The Janiculum is definitely somewhere we will be taking you guys when you all come over!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
The peppers in Italy are big......
Anthony walking up to the gate to our house.
We discovered that there is a flock of sheep in the field across from our house. Every morning a dog brings them out, where they graze for a few hours. Then he brings them back to wherever they go. (We can't see them when they disappear over the hill.)
This is a picture of the movers bringing over our air shipment.
When we went to the grocery store we saw an interesting sight. The butcher in the back was cutting up a whole calf for veal. It was pretty amazing. He was fast.....he pretty much cut the entire thing up while we watched. The store is about a mile from our house and is quite nice. The butcher (Danilo) is also nice and volunteered to grind us up meat for sausage or whatever we need.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
De Piante Family
Via del Fosso del Fontanile 12
I added a map of where we are to the left. The green arrow marks our house. We're about equal distance from downtown Rome and the Mediterranean.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
It is actually a duplex house. There is one other couple on the other side. The chimney is the line that splits the place in half. Our part is to the left.
When you enter the door, you go up the stairs to the upstairs bedrooms. There is a small bedroom to the left of the stairs, and further to the left is the kitchen. The kitchen is small, but that's how all Italian kitchens are. It's nice though, no scuzzy appliances.
There are three floors in the house. The basement, or bottom floor has a big area for doing school or entertaining (so all of you can come over). It also has a spiral staircase that leads upstairs, and a woodfired pizza oven.
I'll post another entry as soon as I get physical contact information. This is going to be a blog published by me, but I'll include the family's adventures. We're leaving the 20th, but I'm sure I'll have something to say before then, so check back often! And do comment, if I know people are reading this I'm more likely to update it.