DK Travel Guide for Rome

Recently I discussed the value of the DK Eyewitness travel guides. I mentioned that I had read some reviews suggesting that the Rome book was weak. I did not find this to be true, at least for my purposes. I didn’t really need information on shopping districts, hotels, nightclubs, and the like, which is one area of criticism that people…

Oddly Iconic Roman Moments

So there were a couple of signature moments in Romeo that I think I will never forget. 1. On the train coming back from Venice, my niece, my husband, and I sat in one of those two seats facing two seats things. The odd man out was an iconic Italian — round belly, handlebar mustache. I fell asleep. When I…

More Rome Travel

It’s Friday morning in Rome. I am not a very good traveler. We have two full days left (today and tomorrow) and then a full day of travel. I am homesick and tired. It is cold and rainy and I can’t seem to get warm. The artwork is starting to run together. This is a very sad state to be…

Some things about Rome

I am in Rome on vacation. I cannot say how utterly awesome this is. I will write more about it when I get home. In the meantime, here are some things I learned about Rome: 1. Romans have a different sense of personal space than Americans do. They squish into you, run you over, press into you, and flatten you…

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides

The first time I bought a DK travel guide was our trip to Amsterdam a few years ago. I looked at several books and I bought only two, DK’s Amsterdam and Holland books, and I felt quite fortunate for my selection. Unlike many of the guides I’ve seen, the DK travel guides are very pictorial. They have breakout images of…

Early New Year Resolutions 2010

Even though I’m exactly three weeks early, I’m declaring my resolutions today. It’s never to soon to get started on positive changes in your life, right? In no particular order: 1. I resolve to be a better friend. There are so many friendships I have let slip away. Drift is a natural thing in friendships, of course, but I seem…

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The Kindle and “Picard’s Syndrome”

I’m now the owner of a brand new Amazon Kindle, acquired just before Thanksgiving in a recent tech splurge.  I’m quite happy with it. Reviews all over the net are fairly accurate. I like the weight, the screen’s readability, the size, the forward and backward buttons. I don’t like the five-way toggle button and the lack of lighting to read…