Back in Minnesota!

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Back in Minnesota!

We were tired but happy to be home! We have a wealth of memories and so many stories we’ll laugh about for a long time. We’re all still friends! Thanks, Duftys , for being such good traveling companions. Thanks, Pfeffers , for coming over to join us for three weeks in Sicily. We hope Dave, you’ve recovered from having to look at “so many broken pots” in the archaeological museum. 🙂 It was a memorable two months that Al and I wouldn’t trade for anything!

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Here We Are in Munich

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Here We Are in Munich

We flew from Rome back to Malta. Our round trip ticket meant we had to go back to Malta to start home. We flew out of Rome at 9:00 pm and got to Malta at 10:30. We had a harrowing ride in a cab with a crazy driver to our small hotel. We checked in, had a drink in a small local bar and went to bed. Our plane flight left at 9:30.
In the morning we had a nice breakfast in the hotel and headed to the airport for our flight to Munich. We had a one night layover there. We got in at 11:30 and took an airport shuttle to the city.
We spent the afternoon and evening looking around the area of the big square in Munich – the Marienplatz. We had dinner in a classic German restaurant. Then wandered through the Hofbrauhaus. These musicians were playing there. It was a noisy, lively place that looked like a lot of fun, but we had to be up at 5:00am for our flight. So back to the hotel we went.

Trastevere

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Trastevere

Here we are in one of our favorite areas of Rome – Trastevere. It is less expensive than other areas and has a lot of energy because there is a university in this area. There are so many cute cafes. Here we’re having one last gelato before we have to leave. Gelato is fabulous! It’s not as creamy as ice cream but the flavor is much more intense.
Now we have to say – Arrivederci Roma!

Competing Architects

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Competing Architects

In the Piazza Navona is a large fountain with four figures representing four rivers. The figure in this picture has his hand raised shielding his eyes from the building next to him. Rumor has it that Bernini did this because his biggest rival had designed the building and so the statue didn’t want to have to look at something so ugly. 🙂
When the architects were competing for the honor of designing this fountain, Bernini made a replica of his plan for the fountain in silver and gave it the person deciding on the architect.