Tag Archives: Rome

A Few Moments in Italy

image of a cat in a pot of oregano

It has been pointed out to me that during my first extended vacation in Italy, last spring, the folks back in the States got the unexpected news that Osama bin Laden had been taken out.  And that during my second … Read more »

Kaze Returns, Still Gushing Shamelessly About Italy

image of kaze in florence, italy

Buon giorno!  I stand before you jet-lagged into a kind of week-long delirium, but otherwise molto felice, come un mollusco. That’s “happy as a clam” in Italian.  You can’t beat Italian.  What would you rather say, “a clam” or “un … Read more »

So Sweet a Place: The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome

image of the non-catholic cemetery in rome

This is the second of two posts on the extraordinary cemetery where John Keats is buried.  Look here for the first. The English poet John Keats, age 25, died in Rome in February 1821.  In April of that year, another English … Read more »

“Ay, in the very temple of Delight . . .”

image of the Piazza d Spagna

I was in Rome this spring.  Rome is a wonder.  The present cannot contain it.  You stand waiting for a bus and across the street are the ruins of a pagan temple. Time and again in Rome, you step off … Read more »

Kaze: Lovely Thoughts from Italy

image of kaze and friends Simona and Valeria in Guastalla, Italy

If you’ve read any of my stuff you know I just spent 24 days in Italy.  A spell of complete self-indulgence following a long and dutiful federal career.  I was hosted first in the little town of San Benedetto Po, … Read more »

Arrivederci, Kaze!

Image of a sophiticated man in an eye patch with a beautiful woman.

Whoa!  Excitement reigns this morning.  If today marked mankind’s return to the moon, right about now we’d be starting the countdown.  As it is, it’s my return to Italy.  By late tonight, I’ll be fidgeting in economy class as we … Read more »