I’ll try to post every weekday we’re here in Europe, but I hope you don’t mind that they’ll mostly be pictures… and since I stopped taking pictures of “famous buildings without people” when I was about ten, they’ll mostly be of the Lulubeans and the Tesseract.
We got here on Thursday or Friday – one’s mind gets scrambled when flying internationally in coach – and we’ll be in Europe for two weeks, taking advantage of Lucy’s crazy-long pre-school spring break and the natural lull of Hollywood goings-on for March and April.
Amelia from the south
We’ve been staying at our friend David’s place in Amelia in Umbria, Italy – a walled city founded way before the Romans, even before the Etruscans, perhaps even 800 or 900 years B.C., and when you get here, you believe it.
the duomo at night
The streets – if you can call them that – are so narrow that anything bigger than, say, a Prius will get you permanently lodged between two ancient dwellings. There are other walled cities in Umbria, even those with the duomo on top, but nothing comes close to the ghosts you can feel on these precipices.
out the front door
The walls are made from limestone arranged in long-forgotten polygonal masonry – so strong that they stayed intact for 2500 years, until a section collapsed a few years ago. When we were here in 2008, the “broken wall” became one of then-2-year-old Lucy’s first real memories.
on the playground just outside the wall
Rome is a 38-minute train ride away, so we’ve gone two days in a row. Lucy is an amazing traveler, the kind of kid that will be planning everyone’s road trips and vacations as soon as we let her – she loves the buildings, the public squares, the food, and just fartin’ around.
on the Piazza Navona
at the Trevi fountain, one of her wishes was for a lollypop, obviously
Not to be an elitist liberal who hates your freedoms, but around every corner in urban America is a McDonald’s, a Starbucks and a dreary office complex built in 1997. But here, every alley, every window, every random corner can look like this:
To make things even better, Lindsay, Dana & Jack happened to be in Italy (Dana is doing a piece for Saveur in Sicily) and it’s not just awesome for us parents to be traveling together again, but Lucy thinks Jack is the absolute best.
I introduced them to the mystery, the wonder, of the Bic 4-color pen
We went by an outdoor vendor who was selling futbol shirts, and they both picked out local teams who, of course, happened to wear Carolina blue:
back on the Piazza Navona
Even falling off the stone elephant base behind the Pantheon…
… is quickly forgotten when you’re having this much fun.