With half of Rome gone on holiday and the other half preparing to go its been quiet in the neighbourhood. But if last night’s crowds at Largo Argentina are any indication the void, in Centro at least, is being filled by tourists on a Roman Holiday. We haven’t joined the general exodus and really won’t be going much anywhere except Pesaro on the Adriatic for a few days at the end of the month. Laurent is busy at work, his dad is coming over for a visit mid-month and we’re getting ready to move – so much for Feragosto being the time for rest and relaxation.
But a few of my lucky blog buddies have been doing some travelling and sharing of photos and tales. And two weekends ago we did a Sunday jaunt down to Sermoneta with our friends Lorraine and John. Sermoneta is one of those incredibly charming medieval hillside towns that dot the Latina countryside As always I took a few pictures.
- Larry and Vincenzo have been spending the past few weeks in Sicily including a visit with Vin’s family in Enna. And they’ve been touring around the island with stops in Castelbuono , Cefalù, and Erice. This B and B that they stayed at near Palermo looks wonderful. And needless to say they found some incredible beaches. Now I let Laurent postpone Sicily this year because he wanted to spend a few weeks in Japan in October but I am serving notice – publicly – we are going to spend at least two weeks in Sicily sometime in the next year.
- And my darling Dora was off to New Orleans, accompanying her Beastman on a business trip, and knocking the town ass over tea kettle in a fabulous new red dress. And being our Dora, she and Madame Destin had a meeting on a rainy street that turned into a lovely and touching experience and started a friendship. And she has… ahem… ahem… promised to give us some shots of her in that red dress!
- Jeff is famous for those drives through the Los Angeles area that he’s been taking us on every Sunday – the radio playing classic rock, camera at the ready he has captured the often fantastical architecture that is SoCal and LA. Last Sunday we drove through Beachwood Canyon and found out the real story behind that Hollywood sign. And two weeks ago we had the pleasure (?) of a sleep over at the Madonna Inn. I can only echo Dora on that one: Words fail me.
- Back in June Cowie and Brownie at Around Britain with a Paunch – and by the way I’ll be damned if I can see a paunch on either one of them – spent a weekend in Burgundy. As always the produce and food photos make the mouth water and the soul yearn for such a weekend. Hell weekend let’s make it a week.
- And it was wonderful to see comments yesterday from my Blog Mother Lynette- she’s been missing for far too long. And though it is travel of a different type she took me down memory lane and frankly made me homesick with her most recent post. Whither she’s writing political, social, biographical or nostalgical she always captures with her thoughts and her words. Welcome back Belle!
06 agosto – San Sisto II