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    Just a few pics

    Ok, folks. As promised, I wanted to show you a few of our holiday photos.

    We arrived in Rome but left right away. Since we only really saw the inside of the airport train station, this is the best FOT pic I could get.



    We spent a night in Orvieto, which is in Umbria. For a tiny city, it has amazing gelato, good restaurants, and a phenomenal cathedral. This is where we stayed when we were last in Italy (for 10 weeks).



    We spent Christmas in Florence. Here's Mrs B bringing home the panettone (note the SCB; sorry it's dark, but the sun was behind the building).



    I've always wanted to go to the Santa Croce Basilica, and I made sure to get a shot of the FOT pouch in front of the beautiful carved door.



    Next stop was Bologna, where we stayed for three days, mostly eating stuff and bumming around. The highlight of our stay was a walk through the 660 porticoes up to the Sanctuary of San Luca, high above the city. Here's the FOT on the way to the top.



    And a shot of the sanctuary from the other side:


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    Pics, part II

    For me, the highlight of our trip was a week in Venice. It was kind of rainy and cloudy, but it made me feel at home (it was colder than the PNW, but it was rocking the mist).



    My favorite church, Santa Maria della Salute. One of the few churches in the round I have seen in Italy.



    We visited the Peggy Guggenheim museum, including its famous bronze, "Angel of the City" (1948). The FOT pouch helps make this pic a little bit more work appropriate, right?



    I highly recommend visiting Italy in the winter, not least because you'll have fewer lines to contend with. We just walked into San Marco in Venice.



    Our TB stuff made traveling easy, enjoyable, and stress-free. My Aeronaut still looks brand-new, and it's waiting patiently for its next trip (to the much less exotic St. Louis, but oh well).



    Our TB stuff, from upper left: large WF packing cube, Small Café Bag, Aeronaut, 2 small WF packing cubes, Ultrasuede buffing cloth, 2 mini organizer pouches, padded Kindle case with Kindle on top, medium clear organizer pouch, three organizer wallets, iPad Cache with FOT pouch on top, Medium Café Bag.

    Hope you enjoyed the pics!


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    Ooooo clap clap clap!!!!!!

    I really adore your FOT pictures. They're like Flat Stanley pictures. Tee hee! I'll have to do that as well!

    /clap clap clap

    Thank you for sharing!!
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    Love your pictures.
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    YEA! Pictures! Thank you for posting these beauties....and Italy looks great too!

    The light is incredible - and the images of outside still shine. That carved door in Santa Croce - really beautiful.

    Welcome home!
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    I absolutely loved Florence when I was there. Spent a week visiting a good friend on spring break. Beautiful, amazing city.

    Great photos!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Ooooo clap clap clap!!!!!!

    I really adore your FOT pictures. They're like Flat Stanley pictures. Tee hee! I'll have to do that as well!

    /clap clap clap

    Thank you for sharing!!
    These really do make great Flat Stanley pictures, only the hand holding the FOT pouches in the close-up shots makes everything look as though there's a mysterious presence, just off-stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    only the hand holding the FOT pouches in the close-up shots makes everything look as though there's a mysterious presence, just off-stage.
    That would be me. I'm the mysterious presence! Or something.

    Glad you like the pics, everyone. Believe me, people stared at us more than once (and it wasn't just because I'm a mysterious presence).

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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    These really do make great Flat Stanley pictures, only the hand holding the FOT pouches in the close-up shots makes everything look as though there's a mysterious presence, just off-stage.
    We don't mind the man behind the curtain. ;-)

    ...I do like that photo where you look like you're hiding your hand with your sleeve, though. Nice touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    We spent a night in Orvieto, which is in Umbria. For a tiny city, it has amazing gelato, good restaurants, and a phenomenal cathedral.
    I will walk to Orvieto for that gelato Are the frescoes inside the church okay? They were fading badly when I saw them years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    We don't mind the man behind the curtain. ;-)

    ...I do like that photo where you look like you're hiding your hand with your sleeve, though. Nice touch.
    Eh, that's just because my hand was cold. Um, wait. Yes, yes, it was a nice touch, wasn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walker View Post
    I will walk to Orvieto for that gelato Are the frescoes inside the church okay? They were fading badly when I saw them years ago.
    They're still fading, but they're doing as well as can be expected. The lady chapel is just as pretty as ever, and that strange fresco of Judgement Day maintains its eerie luridness.

    On a happier note, gelato! The gelateria is called Pasqualetti. There's one to the left of the Duomo if you're facing it, and another on the Corso Cavour (across the street from an underwear shop IIRC--nope, I was wrong; Mrs B says it's a book shop with a tower on top). They have a flavor called Capriccio which is a hazelnut-chocolate-cream flavor. It's really nice, and I don't think you'll encounter it anywhere else! I remembered to take a picture, just barely. The white scoop is called fiore di latte, which is a sort of sweet milk flavor. So good.

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    Mmmmm gelato.
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    Beautiful pictures, and I love the way you worked your FoT into so many of them! :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    They're still fading, but they're doing as well as can be expected. The lady chapel is just as pretty as ever, and that strange fresco of Judgement Day maintains its eerie luridness.

    On a happier note, gelato! The gelateria is called Pasqualetti. There's one to the left of the Duomo if you're facing it, and another on the Corso Cavour
    Yes, those frescoes are lovely. I ate too much of the gelato from Pasqualetti by the Duomo. And too much gastronomic delights along those little streets.

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