Finally….something more than boring diatribe from an idiot on a vacation.

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These are from Calais, the day I entered France.

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My travels so far have put me through Calais, Paris, Lyon, St. Maxime ( St Tropez), Monaco, Genoa, and currently I am in Rome for ten days spending time with my wife and daughter. I could spend three months exploring Rome and not have enough time to see everything Rome has to offer. I also still have found the nicest people I have met on my trip have been at the hotel in St. Maxime. They would be successful any place in the world they set up shop. Everywhere else I have been met with some hostility to me being American. I’m sorry I did not learn your language. Please do not fault my ignorance, I will still spend money with your establishment. They do not care. I am only ” the stupid American tourist” I will have to post information about the hotel in St. Maxime. It is right in town own the other side of the bay to St. Tropez, but being in the center of a small village makes up for the lack of the black view, and the proprietors more than make up for any discrepancy missing due to the lack of a sunset view. I will travel there again.

Rome…to be standing in a city with this history is spiritual. The center of Christianity. We toured the Vatican yesterday and St. Peter’s Basilica today. On every corner I found beauty, even in the chaos of the hectic traffic with 100’s of scooters jockeying for the pole position. It is the most crowded city I have ever been in where I felt completely safe walking even the darkest alleys. Gigi and Lauren even felt completely at ease. We can’t even do this in the town we come from let alone anyplace in America.

More pics an Tuesday next week, back on the road to Venice via the coast route. Until then. Ciao.