the view from my hotel window in atlanta (elwood blues was right: the planes flew by so often that after a while you really don't hear them)
for the past three christmases, rich has given me the tremendous gift of letting me go anywhere i want to go for one week in february while he stays home with the kids, and this year i picked sicily. i had never been there before and the journey didn't disappoint--it took 60 hours to get there because of snow in rome (!) and it kind of continued in that vein for the rest of the trip. it wasn't relaxing but it was quite an adventure.
and, as mentioned earlier, i've got a new camera so i'm abusing the tilt-shift feature something terrible. apologies in advance...
day three (days one and two were in hotlanta then on planes): rome (12 hour layover), then catania late at night
clivo dei publicii, 2. this is the top of the aventino hill in rome and a side-view of the convent i lived in with 39 other lovely people in the fall of 1988
romans playing in a snowy circus maximus
the colosseum in snow
largo argentina and rome's cat sanctuary in snow
day four: catania to syracuse/siracusa
amazingly, i was awake at 4:00 in the morning when these fireworks went off in catania (for the feast of st. agatha)
view from the hotel window
another view--seriously, i'm way into the tilt-shift
it is tough to see, but if you look closely at the top center of this photo you can see the tip of mt. etna, which was smoking beautifully this morning--it erupted just a few hours later (and closed the airport for the day). and how brave am i for staying across the street from the palazzo di giustizia, which has a tendency to get blown up during mafia trials?
catania centrale train station, which, odd for the second largest city in sicily, had a bit of an end-of-the-world vibe going on but was needed to get to...
look for part two soon...