Today Lisa asked me to take on the blogging duties.

If countries had genders Italy would be female, without a shadow of a doubt. I don’t consider myself a world traveler but to quote They Might Be Giants: “There’s only one thing that I know how to do well; And I’ve often been told that you only can do; What you know how to do well” and one of the things I do well is navigate in cities. I know, strange for a guy who grew up in Northern Wisconsin to have that skill, but I do. Give me a decent map and I’m in business. Once I have been to a place I can usually always get back there, even if I come at it from a different approach – years as a performance engineer driving around in circles, in the dead of night, with little sleep, in a place you’ve rarely if ever been will do that. BUT NOT HERE!

There is something that absolutely befuddles me but somehow makes sense to Lisa. One of the things that I have always found interesting is how men and women navigate differently. Call it the hunter versus the gather or whatever, but I think most would agree that there are two types of navigators out there: those that go by a sense of direction and those who navigate by landmarks. Lisa is a landmark girl and she has been doing a lot better than me this trip.

Below are some pictures from around town:

This guy was doing some amazing artwork with spray paint and newspaper. I imagine some of his other work can be found along the railroad tracks and on bridge overpasses.


The horse people reading will like this. While the rest of the world was snapping shots of themselves before the Duomo Piper wanted a shot of herself in front of a carriage horse, much to the sly amusement and appreciation of the carriage driver.



Thumbs up on today’s gelato:


And some famous naked guys hanging around town:





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