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Swiss Guards at Vatican City

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Street Artist in Florence

This artist was in the street everyday nearby the outdoor market, the leather market, in Florence. He was from Morocco. i bought a water color landscape.

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Locks of Love

Along river banks in both Florence and Paris I’ve encountered these locks with a couple’s initials scratched or engraved into them, locked to a chain, and then the key has been thrown into the river. They signify the eternal association of the couple. A nice custom.

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Saint Catherine Siena

This Photograph shows Saint Catherine. Made in the chapel just behind the Hotel Alma Domus which is an old convent converted to a hotel in Siena. The bottom floor still functions as the convent. Catherine was quite a lady. Born in Siena in 1347 and died in Rome in 1380. Her mother Lapa gave birth to 25 children, Catherine was the 23rd. She spent much of her life assisting the poor and the illl, and was questioned by the Dominican Order who thought she might be committing heresy. She was a letter writer and inch of her correspondence was with Pope Gregory X! asking him to reform the clergy and the administration of the Papal States. She ultimately impressed Gregory such that he returned his administration to Rome in 1377. Her head and other relics are entombed in the Basilica of San Domenico in Siena.

When accompanying a grow of students in Italy we stayed several days at the Alma Domus which is very reasonable, perfectly located and half the rooms have a spectacular view of Siena, a spectacular city.

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Italy

Three years ago one of my colleagues and I led a student overseas summer program to Italy. We organized this trip through the Overseras Education Programs of pur School f International Education. This award winning program sends App State students all over the world. We had seventeen participants and visited mainly in Tuscany. I hope to show some of the highlights of that trip over time. We started out on the inaugural flight of USAir from Charlotte. NC. to Rome, Italy, and had a fabulous experience. Landing in Rome we took the train to Cortona where we spent some time in a c9nvent. Then to Siena, Florence, ending up with a week in Rome. I am convinced that a visit to Rome should be on everyone’s bucket list. The success of this undertaking is indicated by the observation that the slots filled up within seven days of listing it as available for the spring of 2013. I wish for all the faculty leaders and students a great trip, good food, and good light.

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