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Fwd: Bernini's Baldichinno

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From: Denis (Travel) Greening
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011
Subject: Bernini's Baldichinno
To: "frankattilio@optonline.net>, Mike Amato, Rick Auld, Robert Bairstow, Ashley (Duvall) Behnke, Dave Behnke, Travel Blog, Robert Bruce, Sara Buchner, Ryan Burns, Javier Caravajal, Rick Clemens, Nieves Costa, Whit Creech, Latha D, Kathryn Dailey, Robert Dannucci, Ethel Davis, Dorje Dronma, steve Edelman, Alex Enders, Calvin Faulkenberry, Celeste Greening, Denis Greening, Denis work Greening, Denis (Travel) Greening, JoAnne Greening, Juanita Greening, Kevin Gwynn, Katherine Gypson, harley.mccray@mantech.com, Don Harris, Botsford Harry, Ed Hudson, Javier, Stephen & Gail Jones, craig kimberlin, Everett and Masha Johnson Lori, Brooke Manesh, Harley McCray, Patrick McMahon, Dave Middlestead, Regina Ming, Steve Nichols, Hughes Petteway, Pat Princess, Fred Raley, Lois Rathus, Mike Rampy, jack Raymond, Mike Schultz, Mark Schwartz, Bwana Sharma, Bradford Shaw, Margaret Shinnebarger, John W & Lois" <mike.amato@mantech.com>

Here's the picture I promised. This is worth Googling for more info.

Denis

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Fwd: Castel Sant Angelo and the Vatican Museum

this is a retransmission from our 2nd day in Rome

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From: Denis (Travel) Greening
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011
Subject: Castel Sant Angelo and the Vatican Museum
To: "frankattilio@optonline.net>, Mike Amato, Rick Auld, Robert Bairstow, Ashley (Duvall) Behnke, Dave Behnke, Travel Blog, Robert Bruce, Sara Buchner, Ryan Burns, Javier Caravajal, Rick Clemens, Nieves Costa, Whit Creech, Latha D, Kathryn Dailey, Robert Dannucci, Ethel Davis, Dorje Dronma, steve Edelman, Alex Enders, Calvin Faulkenberry, Celeste Greening, Denis Greening, Denis work Greening, Denis (Travel) Greening, JoAnne Greening, Juanita Greening, Kevin Gwynn, Katherine Gypson, harley.mccray@mantech.com, Don Harris, Botsford Harry, Ed Hudson, Javier, Stephen & Gail Jones, craig kimberlin, Everett and Masha Johnson Lori, Brooke Manesh, Harley McCray, Patrick McMahon, Dave Middlestead, Regina Ming, Steve Nichols, Hughes Petteway, Pat Princess, Fred Raley, Lois Rathus, Mike Rampy, jack Raymond, Mike Schultz, Mark Schwartz, Bwana Sharma, Bradford Shaw, Margaret Shinnebarger, John W & Lois" <mike.amato@mantech.com>

Today we did some serious touring of Rome.

After a nice 3 cappuccino breakfast we walked over to Castel
Sant'Angelo. This is a very unique place. It was built by the emperor Hadrian to be a tomb. His ashes and those of many succeeding emperors
were stored there. It later became a military installation and later a retreat for the pope. Great architecture.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castel_Sant'Angelo

We came back to the hotel and dropped our stuff off, then walked
across the street to the Vatican museum. I had been to the museum once before, but this time we had a 3 hour guided tour. We saw part of the
museum that neither of us had seen before and our guide was very
sharp!! she knew lots of details that added to the tour.

The highlight of the tour is the Sistine chapel. Amazing frescos on
the walls and, of course, the ceiling painted by Michelangelo. The art
is amazing, but there are so many people in the place that it is
difficult to really sit quietly and enjoy it.

Upon leaving the Sistine chapel, we went into St Peters Basilica, the largest church in the world. It has so many beautiful pieces of art,
but the one I like best is Bernini's Baldachinno ("BAL da kino"). This amazing structure is as tall as a 9 story building. The area it sits
in could house the Statue of Liberty (I intend to send you a picture,
but I though about it after I started composing the message and I
cannot figure out how to add another picture to this message with the
new computer ... so it will come separately).

After a morning of walking around Rome and a 3 hour tour, we were worn
out! We had a coke and limped back to the hotel. We decided to lie
down for just a few minutes .... we got up about an hour later! ...
Then we got some dinner at a local trattoria and walked around for a
while. Aren't we full of energy!

Tomorrow we leave for the ship.

Patrick, Robb and Jack thanks for your notes.

Take care ... Denis

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Arrived in Rome

For this trip we travelled thru Charlotte on USAIR. It was nice taking the US carrier ( although they still made announcements in Italian too.

We landed on time. For passport control, one guy standing at the line going to the passport booth looked at the passport covers and told the officer inside that it was OK. The guy in the booth put 2 more marks into his count (presumably US visitors) and told us to move on. Baggage arrived and we walked out the line marked "nothing to declare". Caught a cab to the hotel and we were done in record time.

Our hotel (Papa Vista Relais) is next to the Vatican. When we arrived the manager said our room would be ready shortly and fixed us coffee ( we actually had a choice of rooms and chose the one with a view of the Vatican). We got cleaned up and crashed for a few hours (aah!). Then e walked over to campo fiore, did some people watching and had dinner.

All in all a very nice day.

Ciao!

Denis

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testing

hi we are leaving for Europe Wednesday and I am testing my e-mail list. I am working with a new computer and I am trying to work out the bugs.

If would prefer not to get any e-mails, pls let me know.

Denis

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Home again

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Sunday, September 12, 2010 6:30 PM

I think I mentioned that there would be 9 days of feasts in the little town we stayed in [Carmona]. I didn't think much of it. This morning we left the hotel at 4:45 AM. I heard loud music, thinking it was someone with a good car sound system. AS we drove out of the hotel property, we found a full blown party going on. For about a mile, there were people walking around in the streets and it looked like most had been partying for hours!

After we made it out of town, things went smoothly. We flew from Seville to Madrid and on to DC. Flight were mostly on time and we got into DC ahead of schedule.

We got home and found that the new dog had grown significantly in 3 weeks and all the dogs were pretty needy, but happy to have us home.

We are struggling to stay up until about 9 PM [to wake up close to local time], but I must ell you that it is a struggle.

Denis

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