Thursday, June 25, 2009

Food for Thought

In Rome, its not just a matter of fitting in the pizza -

the cars have to fit in too !!

Mum pretending she is not worried about the airport transfer!

You can't judge a book by its cover

Rome revisited

Where's Sophie?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Vesuvian Twilight

We think we prefer our Sorrento Beach

Those Romans again....awesome...

This time Pompei. The romans were so far ahead of the pack it is only a matter before the archeologists dig up the first ipod

Cart wheel (chariot) ruts in the stone road

Those stones across the street are actually a crosswalk

Bath anyone?

Some nice art in the dining room.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


We're flying through the cities!!

Beautiful view from the hotel:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

St Peter's Basilica
Swiss Guard
Funny view of St Peter's Square

The Colosseum (in extreme heat)
A big arch with Pontifex plastered across it. We couldn't fit us in with any of the close up pictures so here is Dad from afar.

The Tivoli Fountain
The 100 Fountains

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Seeing the sights.

One of the many great views from our hotel:


Found: A contraband picture of 'David' by Michelangelo.

Seriously. There are monitors in every corner making sure nobody so much as touches their cameras. This shot was taken afar on Sophie's iPhone, cleverly disguised as taking a phone call, which is also illegal in the gallery.

For Pop and other 'illy' Lovers.

In Rome.

It's going to be an intense 72 hours.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Today we had Marco, a wonderful private driver take us around the Tuscany region. We visited Montepulciano, Pienza and Siena.

All three of us wanted to see and experience Tuscany (and make comparisons to France's Provence.) Siena was chosen by Michelle as she has been wanting to see the town for several years and Montepulciano was chosen by Sophie because she wanted to see the town where The Twilight Saga: New Moon was filmed (the movie does not come out until November 19th, but filming in Italy just completed.) We also did extra research on Montepulciano of course, and could not wait to see the town that was perched on the very top of a very steep hill that prevented cars from entering it's gates. Pienza was chosen by Marco, who insisted on visiting the tiny town. Lonely Planet states that if you walk to the cathedral, turn 360 degrees, you have now seen everything there is to see in Pienza. This is kind of true, but we had a wonderful lunch there. It is famous for a Pecorino cheese and the entire city was designed by Pope Pius II.

Nothing disappointed. Michelle was a bit let down by Siena, simply because she had pictured a town with more trees, but found it very interesting all the same. Tuscany really is very beautiful and it's impossible to pick just a few pictures, so I've gone ahead and chosen the boring ones since nothing will really be able to capture this wonderful region.


Siena main square.


The town of Montepulciano from afar.

A far away shot of Sophie in the doorway which is about to become very famous (We stopped in this town first and were very early to arrive. Even as we left there were cars arriving with people tumbling out to take similar pictures. We took about a thousand and were increidbly lucky to get our square to our selves for about 15 minutes. Residents have already noticed a large increase in tourists all wanting the same photos in the doorway and town square. Our driver also wanted to know if were yet another family making the trek at demands of children - of course!)

Our First Pontifex Sighting...

Italy is great in terms of prepping Sophie for all the Prime Minister "glory" coming her way - Pontifex is (of course) plastered everywhere here.

Florence is hot, hot, hot.

Meanwhile, we continue to sweat it out church after church after church. I wish I could tell you these were all interiors and exteriors. But they are not. Each picture is an individual church. This is just Florence. I won't bother with Venice. You get the picture. Old, beautiful churches. Far superior to the ones in Australia, but once again, they are all just churches. Churches. Churches. Churches.

Still There. Still Leaning.