The Eyes of Mother Teresa

This is a gift from the people of India to the People of Rome. It’s a HUGE statue of Mother Theresa that is kind of hidden away in front of a church somewhere between the Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla.

The Eyes of Mother Theresa

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Morning Seagull over Vesuvius

I woke up early this morning and saw this out of my window, so I went across the street to get a picture.

Morning Seagull over Vesuvius

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The Market of Pompeii

This is from the interior area of the market in Pompeii, where it was about 100 degrees when I took this picture. I was hoping for a bit of volcano action to cool me off some… all those old walls kept out all of the wind, so it was about 15 seconds before I was covered in sweat.

The Market of Pompeii

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Gesu Nuovo

Here is the intricate and delicate interior of the Gesu Nuovo. I recommend the large version of this one to see the details.

Gilded Napoli, Gesu Nuovo

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On top of Castle Nuovo

This is Valerio’s wife, Elise, who was barely holding on to her hat while the three of us took pics.

Life is short, so she laughed in Naples

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Italian Beach on a Sunday

Valpopando, Joepomata, and I went out on a boat today to grab some pictures of Posillipo. Once their wives saw the size of our boat, they decided to head back to Valp’s place early to make us lunch.

We had a great day… the weather was perfect and we had crystal clear views of Vesuvius, Capri, and the entire Amalfi coast.

Behind the kayak, where I am sure you overlooked the pilot, you can see a three story ancient Roman Ruins. They are called the “Palazzo degli Spiriti”, the palace of the spirits, because of the mysterious appearance. The first floor, as you can see, has sunk underwater… it’s now filled with kids that use it for a diving board into the Bay of Naples.

Italian Beach on a Sunday

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Pompeii Fertile Garden under the Shadow of Vesuvius

This is a view from the top of the Pompeii colosseum back towards Vesuvius. You can see the ancient Pompeii walls running down one of the vias and the partially-exploded crater of Vesuvius in the distance.

Pompeii Fertile Garden under the Shadow of Vesuvius

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The Amalfi Coast by Night

After Pompeii, we visited Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast for dinner. We stopped in an incredibly dangerous cliffside by speeding drunk Italians to take this picture.

The Amalfi Coast at Night

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In Naples with Flickr Dudes

It just so happens that some of my good Flickr friends live here in Naples. My mom doesn’t trust anyone on the internet and my grandmother thinks the internet is the most evil thing since Elvis, but I met up with them anyway. I mean, look at their pictures… how bad can guys like this be that take these kind of photos? The first is Valerio. The second is Sergio. Their wives came along to make sure everyone behaved.

It was great havng Napoli locals show me around… all the hidden spots, the best places to eat, etc. In the afternoon, we went to Pompeii then to the Amalfi coast for dinner… Those pics coming up in later updates.

Here are two from Naples. The first is a dark corner of Gesu Nuovo and the second is of Santa Chiara. The Santa Chiara was first begin by Robert of Anjou n 1310 and was subsequently used by Angevin rulers as a site for their tombs. That shotm from the inner cloister, features 72 octogonal pillars decorated with majolica tiles painted by Donato and Giuseppe Massa.
Glowing Icons of Gesu Nuovo

Majolica Columns of Santa Chiara

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