After a great trip to Assisi and Rome, Italy, I had to get home and back to family and business. I was up early and left my hotel for the short walk to the Termini station at 7:00am. I caught the 7:22am Leonardo Express train to the Fiumicino airport. I was there by 8:00am. Because … Continue reading Goodbye Rome, Hello Home: Trains, Plains, and Automobiles
Thursday: I left my touring of Ancient Rome to the last day of my visit. Having had a VERY long day with my hike to the Vatican and back on Wednesday, I decided to sleep in and when I woke up at 8:30a it was raining. I had been very fortunate weather-wise in my week … Continue reading Italy Day 8, Rome Day 4: Colosseum, Palatine, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museums
Wednesday: For some reason, I did not hear the 7am church bells ringing next door to the hotel this morning, and so slept in until almost 8am. I tried to hustle a bit through breakfast because I wanted to catch the metro to the Vatican by 9:15a so I could make sure I got a … Continue reading Italy Day 7, Rome Day 3: Papal Audience, Vatican Museum, Piazza Navona, Chiesa Sant’Agostino
Tuesday: By far the highlight of this day was the Borghese Museum, which may have the highest proportion of masterpieces per square foot of any museum I've been in. I was particularly moved by the Bernini sculpture of Apollo and Daphne. If you approach it from behind, you see just Apollo, then as you come … Continue reading Italy Day 6, Rome Day 2: Galleria Borghese, Museum of Modern Art, Piazza del Poppolo, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain
OK, so I thought I was going to be able to get a wi-fi connection at the Rome airport but no such luck, so I will have to post my Rome blog entries when I get back home. I didn’t leave myself much time at the end of each day to write. Most days I … Continue reading Italy Day 5, Rome Day 1: Travel from Assisi and trip to Vatican
My presentation -- "Mundane Conversion as Moral Action" -- was in the last session on Sunday, which is just as well because it gave me the most opportunity to figure out what I wanted to say. We were back in the Sala Conciliazione, which could not have been a better place to present. Below are … Continue reading Last Two Days in Assisi
OK, so I arrived safely in Assisi and had a nice dinner with my fellow conferees (tortellini soup, pork chop, vegetable, salad, dessert, and an endless supply of red table wine, Montesanto Rosso Piceno 2007).Not wanting to crash out the next day, I headed back to my room to sleep. There was no need to … Continue reading Italy Day 2 Recap
Day 8 in Italia, heading home tomorrow, and I finally have time and an internet connection to jot down some thoughts. I arrived in Rome last Thursday (12/10) after flying overnight from Philadelphia. I actually almost didn't make it to Philadelphia because of bad weather there. I was rushing around to try to get everything … Continue reading Buongiorno a tutti!