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I'm home, and wonderfully jet lagged. Italy was... absolutely amazing. I did not want to leave. Rome was astoundingly historic; standing on some of those spots and knowing the history that took place there was something I just can't describe. I wish I'd had more time to explore Rome.

That said, as much as I enjoyed Rome, I really, really fell in love with Cortona. Founded by Etruscans in the 8th century BC, it certainly has the age that Rome has, but it's a small, peaceful, sleepy hilltop village. While what's in the storefronts may have changed, the layout and look of the city has hardly changed since the Renaissance (or so I'm led to believe, having not been there). Great little shops, some amazing restaurants, and cappuccino I will miss. I drank an ocean of cappuccino, by the way. If there are massive cappuccino shortages in the next few weeks, you know who to blame.

A few pictures are behind the cut; I'm putting together a Flickr site with a lot more, and I'll post the link to that when it's done.

A view of the Tuscan countryside, taken from atop the hill at Cortona:

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Me, at the Colosseum:

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A damn fine cup of cappuccino:

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A back street in the city of Cortona:

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Date: 2006-06-05 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pricciar.livejournal.com
Man. Terrific pictures. I am glad you had such a great time. I love that street picture. It is just such a perfect snapshot of how I imagine small towns feel in Europe. I hope I am able to check it out someday. I am glad you had fun.

pat

Date: 2006-06-05 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshyne72.livejournal.com
Glad you had a good time. Pics are awesome, can't wait to see more.

Date: 2006-06-06 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joeyhemlock.livejournal.com
Yay David!

I might be in Southern California next week, if you're around...

Date: 2006-06-06 01:09 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi Mark! I should be around. Shoot me an email when you know details.

Date: 2006-06-06 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Oops. Anonymous in my own journal. Needless to say, that was me.

Date: 2006-06-06 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diane2001.livejournal.com
I LOVE ITALY! Did you make it to the Vatican?

Date: 2006-06-06 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
I did not make it to the Vatican, but a few of my friends did. They were pretty amazed by it. Since we only had one full day in Rome, I decided to spend it exploring the city.

Date: 2006-06-06 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diane2001.livejournal.com
Good choice.

I thought the Vatican was pretty amazing too, but had I only had one full day, I would have spent it seeing the city. Luckily we had a few days there but that still wasn't enough time for everything. I would love to go back!

Date: 2006-06-06 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diane2001.livejournal.com
BTW, I love your photos!

Date: 2006-06-07 04:37 pm (UTC)

Date: 2006-06-06 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] javamaven1.livejournal.com
I can't wait to see the rest of those pictures. I'm glad you had a fabulous time! I love Italy; I need to get back there again before I die.

Date: 2006-06-06 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrmatthew.livejournal.com
You lucky son of a bitch. I am jealous. :(

Date: 2006-06-06 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] av8rmike.livejournal.com
Great pictures, David! I, too, photograph coffee.

Date: 2006-06-07 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Wow, that is one beautiful cup of coffee. Almost a shame to drink it. Almost...

Date: 2006-06-07 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karkar.livejournal.com
Glad you're back and love the pics! Rome was my favorite spot, but I loved the little Tuscan towns, too. Can't wait to see more pictures and hear more about the Italian adventure!

Date: 2006-06-07 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
I have a feeling if I'd had more time to spend in Rome, I would have liked it even more. It was just such a rush to see the little that we did. But it was an amazing place...

More pictures are up, by the way! http://www.flickr.com/photos/italytrip2006/
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