All around Rome - 2022

A day traveling around Rome.

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Stone Door

 

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Wear caused by water makes it look like he is losing lunch


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Famous Fountain Di Trevi

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Postcard view

 

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What you actually see

 

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What you actually see !


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Office building entrance and self-portrait

 

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Spanish Steps, famous scalinata (monumental staircase)


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Sign at a park


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A few Roman scenics

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Obelisk
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Street scene


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Lots of obelisks in Rome

 

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Pantheon- a temple dedicated to all the gods

 

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Fire hose outlet with accompaniments

 

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A little fuzzy; shot through car window

 The Colosseum

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Postcard view

 

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What you actually see


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Ruins in black and white

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December 5, 2022


A Drive around Rome: Part 1- The Vatican

The first stop on our drive around Rome was the Vatican. 

Almost an overwhelming number of people, but our driver took us to a less-used entrance to St. Peter's Square. We were told the line into St. Peter's Basilica was so long that almost half the people in line might not make it in before everything closed that night.

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Ruth about to be engulfed by the only group that were not tourists

 

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If you look very carefully at the right background you can see the line to get in.


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Wilson guarding a fountain. Does he look like a Vatican Guard?

 

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Another view with people


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St. Peter's Basilica, a traditional view

 

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Another view of the fountain, no Wilson but better lighting.

 

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A side street beside the Vatican

 

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A very nice upscale tourist shop and art gallery


 12/05/22


What do you do...

when you're quarantined in your ship stateroom due to COVID and everyone else is ashore having fun?

You watch the crew watching the crew do a drill deploying one of the giant rafts.

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That big raft came out of one of the little drums next to it.

 San Juan, Puerto Rico

12/20/21


A Rock reveals itself...

Arrived at the British territory of Gibraltar last night.

Our first view of the famous Rock of Gibraltar was...

underwhelming.

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It was a rainy, very windy morning.

 

The weather and accompanying visibility very gradually improved...

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Better, but not nice enough to go ashore and wander.

 

Finally, in the afternoon just before we sailed away, we got a full view of the Rock of Gibraltar

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12/11/22


Rome and Tivoli were amazing...

Rome and Tivoli were amazing...

now its off to sail the ocean blue

(lots more images, these are an appetizer).

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Rome

 

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Ruth... and Wilson... throwing a coin into the famous Fontana di Trevi (the actual coin is just above her right hand)

 

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Tivoli: Roman Hadrian's Villa

 

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Tivoli: Villa D'Este

 

December 5-6, 2022


Spain: Day 8, June 11: The Last Two Wineries

The Last Two Wineries...

Bodegas Baigorri

In Basque country, an amazing underground winery,

seven levels, six underground

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Views from the above-ground entrance,
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Scenic with cloud reflections at the entrance moat

Underground:
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The wines: we went together with our group and bought a case shipped to us in September

 

Bodegas Casa Primicia

Views of Laquardia township from the vineyards
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Lunch in the vineyard

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Hidden Rose


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Explaining the wine

 

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Outdoor cooking using cut grape vines
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Great company!!!!

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June 11, 2022


 


Hatteras Ferries and Lighthouses

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

 

Ferries

Getting from Ocracoke to Hatteras and the Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina is by a free ferry that takes about 1 1/2 hours.  

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The Hatteras Ferry is the little red line in the middle

 

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The Ocracoke terminal is located at the very northern tip of the island in a desolate, windy area.

 

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The road to the ferry... no wait, don't go here. Storms wiped out the staging area and the road just ends.

 

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Instead turn left before the road ends and you'll see a ferry coming in.

 

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Getting closer.

 

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The ferry service actually consists of a number of different boats working the route at the same time, approximately 1/2 hour apart.

 

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Different sizes and shapes

 

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One last image of a ferry. Cars, campers and retail vehicles, including semis, use the ferry.
 
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Looking forward and back, with a semi-self portrait.

 

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Moving away from Hatteras on a return trip

 

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Water and clouds from the ferry. A storm a bit away from us.

 

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Sun reflected on the water

 

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Hatteras from a distance

 

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Wind surfing. A popular pastime.

 

Lighthouses

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The famous Hatteras Light. The light is still active. 198.5 feet tall and can be seen 51 miles out to sea in ideal conditions. 

 

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Entrance. In 1999, the Cape Hatteras Light Station, which consists of seven historic structures, was successfully relocated 2,900 feet from the spot on which it had stood since 1870. Erosion was endangering the lighthouse. The lighthouse was not disassembled; it was moved as one piece.

 

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The stones in the foreground were part of the original foundation and now have the names of all the lighthouse keepers carved in them.

 

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Bodie Lighthouse. The "other" Hatteras Seashore lighthouse. Still operational. Jodi and Mike added to give a sense of scale. 

 

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Very popular area to stop. Yes, that's Mike taking a picture.

 

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Bodie Lighthouse

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September 9-11, 2022

 


The Wright Brothers Memorial

Walking the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills, NC

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The first three powered flights were launched on the flat, not from the hill.

 

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Walking to the Memorial
 
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Side view from below
 
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Jodi celebrates the two brothers

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Museum in the round

 

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First flights and museum
 
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Looking off to the ocean

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September 9, 2022


Ocracoke Island and a favorite place

Ocracoke Island

Howard's Pub in the light of a full moon.

at the very edge of the Village. Last visit was 30+ years ago when it was my favorite off-season stop (one of the few places open off-season). 

It has expanded and some of the rough edges have been smoothed, but it still maintains the Ocracoke atmosphere.

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September 9, 2022


France: Day 6, June 9: Out of Business in Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

Out-of-business in anticipation of building renovation

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No eating here

 

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No more chainsaws here

 

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Notice of closing with reflected clouds

 

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Green door

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June 9, 2022