Monthly Archives: December 2012

Italy 16: – Mt. Vesuvius

After visiting a city that was completely covered by the ash of Mt. Vesuvius, we had to go see the actual mountain that blew its top and caused such devastation.  The views from up top were amazing, with Naples sprawling … Continue reading

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Italy 15: – Pompeii

My boys have learned about some very difficult topics and historical events while we lived in Europe… learned that sometimes people do things that are horrible and hurt others. During our few months of preparation we studied Pompeii and how sometimes natural … Continue reading

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Italy 14: – Rome – eats and more

We had been told by fellow Rome-visiting homeschoolers that we must try Old Bridge Gelato while we were in Rome.  We didn’t make it there the first two days and we really regret that.  This gelato was by far the best … Continue reading

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Italy 13: – Rome – Vatican and Hard Rock

I think it’s kind of funny that we went from one extreme to another on a single day:  from the most reverent place in Rome to a Rock ‘n Roll restaurant! Our time at the Vatican was fantastic and I highly … Continue reading

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Italy 12: – Rome – Colosseum and Night Walk

Our first full day in Rome was spent seeing some of the most famous sights in the world. We started with what Rick Steves calls the “Caesar Shuffle.”  First, the Colosseum, an absolutely breathtaking and beautiful arena.  I highly recommend … Continue reading

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Italy 11: – Rome – Appian Way

We left the comfort and familiarity of our little piece of America behind when we left Camp Darby.  Leaving here made us really venture into Italy and embrace what we were seeing, and we started with the most important city … Continue reading

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Italy 10: – Florence

Administrative Note:  Today I make a rookie mistake while working on my blog and accidentally clicked the blue “Publish” button instead of the white “preview” button.  I’ve been very careful up until this point to not do that and it … Continue reading

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Italy 9: – Cinque Terre – Corniglia

Our last of the five towns.  I’ve been writing these blog posts in the order that we experienced them and I have literally felt like I was back there in Cinque Terre.  When I opened this draft (with pictures only) … Continue reading

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Italy 8: – Cinque Terre – Manarola

After exploring the southernmost of the five towns, we took the train north to one of the two we had skipped on our train-instead-of-boat-ride south.  I had put in our itinerary that we would most likely only want to explore … Continue reading

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Italy 7: – Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore

So far I’ve shared that we parked in Monterosso and then rode the train to Vernazza. Check out the map below to get an idea of the different towns.  In my initial itinerary I had planned to find a boat … Continue reading

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