I took the top photo on June 5th and the bottom photo exactly three weeks later. The high river levels are most obvious on the walkways, but can also be noticed on the bridge on the left. There was so little clearance below the bridges that there was no way the fleet of tour boats could operate.I had never seen the Seine running so high and am glad I was able to return for a comparison shot.
Ah, the pure joy of swimming once again in Maui's warm ocean, especially after returning from the chilly Mediterranean. I felt almost naked, swimming in nothing more than goggles and board shorts - the time for wetsuits is gone. Hooray.
Air France economy plus is well worth the extra two hundred dollars for a twelve hour flight: lots and lots of legroom, private side & overhead bins, noise cancelling headphones, gourmet meals, choice of 50 movies, lots of video games with a controller, and more... Our only complaint is that we're stuck on Delta from Los Angeles to Maui :-(
One of the Capuchin monks got creative back in the day and decorated a series of chapels with the remains of his fellow monks. Each element of the decor is done with the same body part, some entirely of hip bones, others of ribs, jawbones, etc.
There are even a few entire bodies thrown in, dressed in robes, some standing around keeping an eye on things.
Rome has been toasty hot so the Trevi Fountain was a great way to cool down. The shady interior of the Parthenon felt mighty good too.
The wind tried to blow Christine off the Turkish Steps two days ago, but fortunately did not succeed.
Yesterday evening we arrived in Rome and are staying in a huge, quiet home along the Tiber river. In fact, I still have yet to see all the rooms in this place.
Italians really like to dress up, both the men and the women. I believe the men in the photo above were members of the same chess club and the women in the photo below were nurses or something (or why else would they all be wearing white).
Ortegia's castle was our first destination of the day this morning. The castle itself was closed for ongoing renovations (apparently at a Maui pace, so it should reopen in the next five hundred years or so) but we were able to crawl and walk through the fortifications.
But before that was our customary coffee and pastries at the local cafe with the former heads of the cosa nostra.
I used to hear about the Mediterranean being dead, but I've been seeing lots of fish on my swims, and the market teems with fresh catch every day.
The Sicily pod (temporarily) of the Maui Pink Cap swimmers did a cave exploration swim today. Unlike Maui there was almost no surge, so we boldly swam into narrow, low ceilinged, dark chambers; as well as lots of huge seaside caverns.
Doug, the boldest of us all, also walked into some places we would never have otherwise considered entering.
The jellyfish were less than friendly as evinced by the welts I now wear on my left arm.
I turn 60 today and this is the first time in my life that I've had to deal with my own poop. I have obviously lived a very sheltered life.
We are renting a lovely three story home in the oldest neighborhood of Syracuse on the island of Sicily. While there is running water and modern facilities, the sewage system cannot handle anything more than poop. That means ALL toilet paper has to go into plastic bags (notice pink bag next to toilet paper). [shudder]
I've gone camping where I've had to poop into a hole, but the paper went into that same hole, which then got covered up without really having to be dealt with. I'm sorry but this is really tripping me out.
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