AZinItaly

A couple of Phoenicians living temporarily in Roma

A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

Thanks to Santana for letting me use the lyrics from his song…

In the last post I wrote, Isis hired a lawyer. I’m happy to report she has not filed divorce papers yet, is alive and well, and survived our month back in HER house in Phoenix.

My Loves – Isis and Michael

It felt like a bit of a culture shock to be back in AZ for the month we were there. It was great to see our friends and family, work again for pay, and remember all the stuff we have there. Lots of clothes! I had a great time shopping in my own closet and packed suitcases with favorites to bring back to Roma.

While in Phoenix, we went to listen to music Sunday afternoon at the Vig; danced at the Blue Martini; drank wine at Terrior; ate at our favorite haunts like Pita Jungle, Stingray Sushi, Eddie V’s, Roka Akor, Blanco Taco, and AZ88. But it felt like we lived in our cars! Even if there was somewhere close enough to walk, it was too friggin’ hot to do so.

Sunday afternoon at the Vig

We went to Sedona twice during our time at home and  it was sooo sweet. My heart is always at home when I’m there. We saw dear friends, ate well at Picazzo’s and Elote Cafe; and hiked my favorite hike around Chimney Rock and Thunder Mountain. I visited the Amitabha Stupa and finally donated the money I’ve been longing to do for awhile now.

Amitabha Stupa in Sedona

Amitabha Stupa in Sedona

Our trip back to Roma was wonderfully uneventful. I always count my blessings when we arrive safely from a trip. I’ve stayed pretty close to home since we arrived, nesting, walking Michael to the Metro for work each morning and revisiting shops in the neighborhood. It seems hot here without a pool to dive into at the end of the day.

Rome though, has her treasures. The summer is filled with festivals for those souls without the time or means to escape during the hottest months. We have spent the evenings catching up with our friends here; visiting the festivals in our neighborhood near the Colloseum; watching Italia beat Germany and then sadly lose to Spagna in the EuroCup. We went to the sea (as they say) on Sunday, to the beach in Ostia and were delighted with the nearness to our flat, the clearness of the water, and tastiness of the fresh seafood. The Italian women of all shapes and sizes in string bikinis were a sight to behold!

Michael and our friend Teresa at Hotel 47 in Roma

A car is on our horizon, which will free us up for more convenient exploring this summer. But it will be really scary to drive in Roman traffic.

I promise to get back into the swing of things and write more. I’ve so appreciated your loving comments and support of our adventure. Until next time…Arrivederci.

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4 thoughts on “A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

  1. Karen C on said:

    Glad you made it back safely. We are sorry that we didnt get a chance to see you while you were here. Maybe next trip. You may want to look into Italia drivers training before venturing out in your new car! Scary.

  2. Brian on said:

    A car would be wonderful, but a Vespa would be another fun way to explore Italy. Scooters are easy to learn on and a 200cc or bigger would likely get you anywhere you need to go, even riding ‘two up’.

  3. Barb on said:

    Oh enjoy your time there. I loved Italy but it can get hot in the summer. Love your posts. Have fun and be safe.

  4. Kristy Oncken on said:

    Love the picture of Isis and Michael. Glad you are back safe and sound and thanks for calling yesterday. Sorry Anderson Cooper is gay since you have a crush on him!

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