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March 7, 2006 Archives

Salve, amici

posted by awelborn

This trip started out as just…a trip, but soon, because it’s a small, small Catholic world, the meetings and greetings just started rolling. First and biggest props and thanks go to Charley Collins of Vatican Radio. I told Charley I […]

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Even if you’re not a Thomist

posted by awelborn

You might find yourself highly amused at "Does Chuck Norris Exist?" The fourth way is taken from the gradation to be found in roundhouse kicks. Among roundhouse kicks there are some more and some less good, true, noble and painful. […]

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Pope pics

posted by awelborn

Michael’s putting them up as we speak.

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SmartCars

posted by awelborn

Rome streets were filled with these: Jimmy Mac comments on them in this post – they really were everywhere. Some parked, as you can see in the photo on that post, perpendicular to the wall, rather than parallel. They were […]

Oh, btw

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi blogs on Catechism/Compendium matters We have an English-language Compendium in our possession now…Pauline Publications of Africa. It will be interesting to compare it to the US version…when it finally emerges…

Believe me…

posted by awelborn

There’s a lot more to come. I’m only doing general impressions right now. More specific, mostly church-y stuff will come later…

We interrupt Romeblogging

posted by awelborn

To point you to the blog of Lewis Perdue, who’s suing Dan Brown and Random House for plagiarism of a novel of his, but who is blogging on the other trial in London – he has a post from a […]

Behind the Door

posted by awelborn

I found Roman commercial life fascinating, from the street vendors to the clothing stores with what seemed like 50 pieces of clothing on display, and that’s it. We wandered quite a bit, mostly intentionally, sometimes…not. Well, really, just twice on […]

“è bello!”

posted by awelborn

Here’s one tale we’d heard about Italy that proved to be absolutely true: that they would go bonkers over a baby. And they did! So much so that Michael the Baby had to institute a "Please, no photographs" policy: No, […]

Our place in Rome

posted by awelborn

No way you can do 9 days in Rome with five people, two of them little, and stay in a hotel room. My very-brief research showed me that anything even approaching the hotel standards we spoiled Americans are used to […]

Proof

posted by awelborn

Yes, we really were there:

Rome myth-busters

posted by awelborn

Those of you who have been reading this blog know that I’ve been preparing for this trip for a while, partly through reading some more-or-less classic guide works, and partly through pouring over travel discussion board on the Internet. I […]

Small Word, Part CCXVI

posted by awelborn

Such a small world, eh? Here’s a photo of Joseph and Michael playing in the gravel in front of the Basilica of Constantine and/or Maxentius at the Forum: It had taken us a few minutes to figure out what the […]

Oh, this will be interesting

posted by awelborn

We left Rome at 11:15 their time, which means we had been up since around 1 AM eastern. We finally got back to our house about 11:30 pm eastern – about 24 hours after we got up. Michael the Dad […]

Not-so private audience

posted by awelborn

Actually, this was the Angelus, this past Sunday. Katie and the Pope, aka Batman:: There are other photos, from last Wednesday’s General Audience, but those are on Michael’s camera. He got some excellent shots…Pope didn’t pick up our baby, though!

The littlest commuter

posted by awelborn

Michael the Baby, here seen in his backpack, aka, the Cross (for those who trudged through Rome with it on their backs – Michael 80% of the time, and me the rest)…got quite, er, attached to the poles on the […]

Joseph, Pope-ologist

posted by awelborn

After seeing the Pope at the Angelus for the first time, Sunday before last, Joseph concluded: "He’s Batman!" (You know…cape. Etc.) After seeing the Pope come through the crowd at the General Audience last Wednesday, Joseph concluded about the Popemobile: […]

How I’ll do this

posted by awelborn

I’m not going to attempt a day-by-day trip report. I don’t think that’s how I’ll remember this trip anyway. I’m just going to sort of mentally drift through Rome, picking sites and experiences as they come to me. Oh, and…we’re […]

The measure of a trip

posted by awelborn

We got off the plane in Cincinnati earlier this evening, and Katie remarked, "I think that was the same gate we left from" and I stepped in to correct her…Oh no, I was going to say, we left from that […]

A day in Rome…

posted by awelborn

…in the morning, witnessing a slow, solemn procession of (I think) Spanish pilgrims singing folk (real folk) -tinged music  through St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls …in the evening, stepping aside as a loud Hare Krishna parade makes its way through Campo di Fiore […]

Street scene

posted by awelborn

Some scamps around the corner from our apartment on Borgo Vittorio, just blocks from the Vatican. Look! They’re swarming me! They’re going to pick my pockets! Actually, I was, indeed probably more in danger from having my pocket picked by […]

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