The Summer in South Louisiana has been brutally hot and humid but not rainy. E and I are trying to revive our front beds in the hopes of having pink azalea blooms one day.

    Tow children, a boy or five years and a girl of four years, in blue and pink shirts and t-shirts standing in front of a garden bed with azalea shrubs and other plants.  The girl is holding a hose.
    A boy of five years in shorts, t-shirt, and blue rubber boots stands next to a girl of three years in a pink princess dress staring through a chain link fence overgrown with weeds.  A buff orphington hen stands next to them on the gravel.
    The morning of the day we left for Italy was eventful. A nearby house that had been split in half was hauled away on flatbed trucks.

    Sicily Trip: Day Ten

    We spent last night on the train that took us from Cefalù to Rome. We all slept reasonably well, much better than on the plane last week. But it was hot when the air conditioning was turned off at different points in our journey.

    I. gazing out the train window as we hurtle towards Rome.

    E. cautiously taking his first bites of the complimentary breakfast offered by the train staff. We also received some pineapple juice and coffee.

    Trying to gather our things and get our shoes on before we arrived at Roma Termini.

    Waiting for the apartment owner to arrive in Rome.

    E. and I. have become very good at setting up shop with their coloring and sticker books. Travelling with toddlers and small children is not always easy but these kids have become very adaptable in the last ten days.

    Sicily Trip: Day Nine

    Sicily Trip: Day Eight

    Sicily Trip: Day 7

    Sicily Trip: Day 6

    We all woke up this morning around 7:30am or so after staying up quite late.  All of us were up until 10:30pm.

    We made arrangements for a trip to Vulcano and Lipari tomorrow. E took the time to mock up boats and volcanoes to prepare us for the trip.

    Sicily Trip: Day Five

    E and I on one of the balconies in our apartment, getting dressed. We have a washer and our clothes are soaked as soon as we leave the house. We dry them on the rack to dry, being careful not to drop them below.


    We walked to a small grocery store about 1Km away from our apartment, using the rolling grocery tote left for us. Just one of the many handy things left by the owner of our apartment.

    After that, we took to the beach.

    Traversing a beach full of Italians (and foreigners) feels tricky at times. While we enjoyed many warm looks (usually due to our children, especially I), we received a few looks that were very territorial. “Are you actually going to place your foot there?”

    We are walking several miles a day in the heat. And this wipes out these little bodies and mine too for that matter. We all sleep it off during the early afternoon, like the rest of Cefalù.

    The kitchen in our apartment. I made some coffee while everyone slept. K came down from upstairs to enjoy it with me.

    We had these sesame-coated cookies that K picked up with our coffee.

    This photo does’t capture this well but the apartment has all of these fascinating little views and scenes from the numerous windows looking out on all sides.

    After losing power for a few minutes during the hottest part of the afternoon, we set out on a walk. There is always some pleading with the kids to try to be quieter as we leave through the courtyard.

    After E mentioned volcanoes and boats again this morning, we decided to go ahead and schedule a tour of nearby islands, Lipari and Vulcana.

    Sicily Trip: Day Four

    The day began with a short (1KM) walk to the Palermo Train Station down Via Maqueda. We ended up in the same cafe we visited yesterday.

    E’s little stuffed animal goes with her everywhere.

    Getting to Cefalù by train was easier than we thought. We arrived at te train station to find that our scheduled train was leaving later, much later. But K was quick on her feet and found out that we could leave in 10 minutes.

    Once we arrived in Cefalù we rolled up to our room and immediately left to get a bite to eat. After that, we got suited up and headed down to the beach.

    If you (can) hear a scooter engine, you better step out of the way.

    The kitchen in our apartment. E said that he would eat salads if we had orange bowls at home.

    One view from our window includes the dramatic rock face of the cliff overlooking Cefalù

    The view from our window includes this courtyard with lots of interesting things going on at night.

    Sicily Trip: Day Three

    Sicily Trip: Day Two

    Nine hours. And E slept pretty well. We took out the big guns for the Ryan Air flight to Palermo. We pretty much fell apart on that flight. Five minutes later, E was out like a light. We still went out to look around. What’s that? Just a boat on cinder blocks.

    Sicily Trip: Day One

    The Baton Rouge Airport is kid friendly.The Baton Rouge Airport is kid friendly. E was thrilled during takeoff but was really enjoying coloring in his new sticker book. E in the Atlanta Airport sharing a secret with his mommy.E in the Atlanta Airport sharing a secret with his mommy. E and I loved watching the planes be “repaired”. Weather delays and we haven’t left the gate. Screens out.

    Man on a beach with withe sand wearing a black hat, sunglasses, t-shirt, and jeans.  Small child in the background.

    Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Florida is a beautiful place to be with your family.

    Hello world!

    This is where we talk about humidity, being human, and four humans that live together. Our journey begins here, with this child's drawing of an imaginary vehicle.

    My family and I took a drive to Siena, Italy when we stayed in Florence in early June. I found these wonderful travertine (or marble) cubes at a shop not far from the city center. I bought them. All I could think of were these wonderful scenes of marble quarrying in a video I’d seen just before I left. Watch this guy’s hands.

    Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione

    Spent some of May/June in Italy with my family. I enjoyed visiting, gazing at, and sometimes drinking from fountains in Rome.  On hot days the cool water from those streetside fountains was always refreshing.

    Mercy Fair, 2018. Just before he went to Rome with his mother and grandparents.

    Enzo and I enjoying Radiohead.

    Mama Roma!

    The Spanish Town Parade was too rainy for our taste. But we wore our pink t-shirts anyway.