Party with neighbors

On May 31st the lady who lives below us (with Jakob) threw us a little bit of a going away party for us to see the neighbors and everything because we were leaving the Rome area that week. We had grilled fish, grilled meats, and grilled cheese (actual cheese, on the grill-not the sandwich). We also had some pizzas that they cooked in their outdoor oven. The night was finished off with a variety of desserts and a fruit torture device. 🙂

Mozzarella, fruit arrangement and bread

Food getting ready to be set out. She and I created that fruit thingy in the back and we were quite proud of it notwithstanding the fact that it almost took a nosedive for the floor and it looked like it might hurt the floor.

Cheeses to grill

Cheeses to be grilled, then eaten hot and stringy. Yum!

Bread with prosciutto and cheese in it. Bread with spinach and cheese in it.

A type of bread with spinach and cheese in some and prosciutto and cheese in others.

Italian party in the back yard

Everybody digging in and socializing.

Party in the yard

Same as above. 🙂

Checking the food on the grill

Checking the various meats and fishes for doneness. Alex, Andrew, Cristina, and another friend.

Eating and enjoying time with friends

 

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Turin

On Friday, June 14th in the morning we went to Turin. Dad actually went to talk with someone about work and so while he was in there we all went to the Juventus Stadium. Alex (a Juventus fan) trotted around grinning while we took pictures. 

Stadium in Turin, Italy Stadium in Turin, Italy

After that we went into the town (we picked dad up first…. we contemplated leaving him but we didn’t want any axe murderers to get him. We had already bought his tickets after all! 😉 )

We first went into the National Museum of Cinema. (which didn’t allow you to take pictures. and quite honestly was only “eh”)

National Museum of Cinema in Turin, Italy

The outside, all we were able to take a picture of.

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The duomo where the Shroud is kept.

The Shroud of Turin in Turin, Italy

Where the Shroud is. The box above it was where the royal family would hear the mass. The Shroud is only actually on display once every blue moon. Usually it is covered.

Motorcycle in Turin, Italy

A cool shot of a motorcycle that Andrew got.

The bar that never closes in Turin, Italy

The famous bar of Turin that never closes.

The River Po, in Turin, Italy

The river Po.

Bull in the Piazza in Turin, Italy

It is a popular tradition to stand on the bull in one of the main Piazzas of Turin.

Juventus store in Turin, Italy

We somehow always seemed to end up at this street corner… Hmm… Is someone trying to hint something…?

 

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Villa d’Este and Dad’s Birthday!

On Dad’s birthday we went to one of his favorite places in Italy, Villa d’Este. Villa d’Este was originally commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este. Cardinal d’Este had been lobbying for the papacy and was appointed governor of Tivoli (where Villa d”este is located) by Julius (who had been elected) to earn Cardinal Ippolito’s loyalty. When Julius started building a palace and gardens, Ippolito took over a Monastery and started building what is currently known as Villa d’Este. Hundreds of fountains are supplied with water from the Aniene River.  

Mom and Dad at Villa D'Este, Tivoli Italy. Outside of Rome

Mom and Dad right after we got there.

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Mom and Dad acting like an old married couple (oh, wait, they are an old married couple. :))

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Momma looking like a movie star.

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Mom and Dad on the stairs leading up to the Villa.

Villa D'Este, Tivoli, Italy. Outside of Rome

Please note Andrew being a creeper at the end of the bushes on the right hand side.

Staircase in Villa D'Este, Tivoli, Italy. Outside of Rome

A spirally stair case.

Villa D'Este, Tivoli, Italy. Outside of Rome

Alex

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