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351--Italy: Show Me the Way to go Rome
@ CherieSpotting     Apr 30 2006 - 02:22 PST
Cherie in front of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy.

Cherie in front of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy.

Cherie writes: Join me (and my friend Scott Sussman) and walk through the sun drenched Roman Forum. Relive the historic days of the Roman Empire while sipping wine with us on a grassy knoll by the Coliseum. Wander with me through the cobbled-streets of Rome where Scott and I stumbled through the side-walk art and fountains of the piazzas and found a passionate political rally. If you dare, put your hand in “the Mouth of Truth.” If you’re lying, Moses will bite it off! Luckily both Scott and I still have all our appendages! No matter where you travel, there’s no place like Rome.
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350--Italy: There's No Place Like Rome
@ CherieSpotting     Apr 28 2006 - 02:25 PST
You can take a hot air balloon ride in Rome, and get an aerial view of the "Eternal City."

You can take a hot air balloon ride in Rome, and get an aerial view of the "Eternal City."

Cherie writes: The streets of Rome are full of surprises. You never know how the day will end.

Perhaps you’ll see a transvestite-nun crying on the shoulder of a senior citizen. Maybe you’ll bump into a Papal-guard that looks like a clown? Perhaps you’ll spend the day gazing up in awe at the Sistine Chapel or snap a photo of a statue with an ice-cream that never melts.

You never know if you’ll wind up inside a museum or a hot-air balloon. But one thing is certain, there is no place like Rome.
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349--Italy: Dead Man's Party in Roman Crypt
@ Site News     Apr 27 2006 - 12:56 PST
Would the deceased Capuchin monks approve of this bone-chilling art?

Would the deceased Capuchin monks approve of this bone-chilling art?

Cherie writes: There’s no bones about it, there’s something strange about coming face to face with a skeleton. In Rome, there’s a crypt that only the most dedicated travelers seek. It’s called the “Cripta dei Cappuccini”, or the Capuchin Crypt.

Inside the crypt you are confronted with thousands of skulls, the remains of 4,000 monks. Since these Capuchin friars died between 1528 and 1870, their flesh has long since rotten away. In other words, even though there are bones piled up everywhere, the crypt doesn’t have the lingering stench of death.

Even though the crypt smells nice, staring at a bunch of friar’s bones borders on creepy. Hanging out with the dead monks I thought: this is truly a dead man’s party. I wonder what tales this crypt has to tell?
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329--Italy: Tropea
@ CherieSpotting     Oct 18 2005 - 04:06 PST
Cherie with Giuliana in front of Tropea's picturesque church.  My 868-page Italian guidebook barely mentions the charming town of Tropea.

Cherie with Giuliana in front of Tropea's picturesque church. My 868-page Italian guidebook barely mentions the charming town of Tropea.

cherie writes: In Calabria, a region in southern Italy, the green hills spill into the sea at a place called Tropea. Here the beaches are pristine, the architecture charming, the people are friendly, and the food is divine.

Snuggled up against the aquamarine Tyrrhenian coast is a town with unmatched charm. If you stuffed your foot into the boot of Italy, you’d call your bunion Tropea. Come and see what life is like in this small Italian town where life is simple and laughter is hearty.
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Episode 40: Alba, Italy and the $1000 mushroom
@ Where`s Cherie?     Aug 05 2002 - 09:43 PST
Cherie always follows the rules.  The sign said "no bra" didn't it?  Those Europeans are so free-spirited.  This picture was taken just outside Bra, Italy.  The sign conveniently lets you know, that you are not in "Bra" anymore.

Cherie always follows the rules. The sign said "no bra" didn't it? Those Europeans are so free-spirited. This picture was taken just outside Bra, Italy. The sign conveniently lets you know, that you are not in "Bra" anymore.

cherie writes: November 2000

The next adventure began with Matthias, a friend we met while snowboarding in Austria. He and his friend Edoardo had a trip planned to Italy, and since I would be traveling alone for a few weeks (Kristi back in Virginia) I invited myself along.
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Episode 31--Italy: Venetian Glass
@ Where`s Cherie?     Aug 05 2002 - 09:29 PST
Good thing Carter and I had umbrellas!  Those Venetian storms can really rip you (and your umbrella) apart!

Good thing Carter and I had umbrellas! Those Venetian storms can really rip you (and your umbrella) apart!

cherie writes: September 2000

If you are lucky enough to see Venice at sunrise, you see it twice. First the dressed up buildings themselves, and then their colorful silhouette in the water below; the colors shimming in the ripples of the canal.
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Episode 30--Italy: Florence Nightingale
@ Where`s Cherie?     Aug 05 2002 - 09:25 PST
cherie writes: September 2000

Our train came to a halt with the threatening huff of an irritated person. We awoke from our slouched sleep and sloshed around the Florence train station looking for those luggage carts we could never seem to find.
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