Category Archives: Italy

Christmas Vacation in Europe

My son Matthew Buie-Nervik, his bride and not quite two-year-old son spent two weeks in Europe for the Christmas holidays 2016. “We just returned the tiny Fiat rental car today,” he wrote on Dec. 30. “We drove 3108 kilometers (nearly 2000 … Continue reading

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Driving Or Being a Pedestrian in Italy: Not for the Faint-hearted, But Now It’s Hard for Foreigners to Get a License

Italians have a reputation for being crazy drivers (as do Egyptians): ignoring stop signs, terrifying pedestrians in crosswalks, disobeying speed limits. Italy is a society where “rules are an abstract concept and rarely applied,” says Sylvia Poggioli of National Public … Continue reading

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Thrilling Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Princess Ship

Up around 7:00 am the next morning for our 18-day cruise. Matthew left our hotel room in Chevekechia, Italy, a charming port outside Rome, to take the crew bus to the Grand Princess and begin his next eight-month contract. Alex and I walked around Chevekechia for … Continue reading

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” in Milan

My high school friend Monica Teal, who lives in Bern, Switzerland, writes: “I saw a work of art completed over years by a homosexual who spent time in prison for sodomy, ran from the church during times in the Inquisition … Continue reading

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Restoring La Dolce Vita, the Good Life, to Italy

Saving Italy’s history on 60 Minutes… http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swf

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Italy: Vatican, Coliseum and Italian Wine Are Awesome, But Rome Is Really Expensive and Service Sector Seemed Surly, Inefficient

I tweet:  Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I have only 24 hours to see it. I have read that there is sadness in the heart of every Italian because he knows that whatever he and his countrymen do, … Continue reading

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Can America Match the Glory that Was Rome?

In modern Rome, I observed mostly decline, decadence, inefficiency, surliness and corruption.  Maybe I am just an arrogant American, as my own country will be hard pressed to make nearly the long-term contribution to Western if not world civilization, to … Continue reading

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