All Roads Lead to Rome

Trip Start May 22, 2007
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Trip End Jun 04, 2007


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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday 23May07 - All Roads Lead to Rome.
 
If it's true that all roads lead to Rome then I suppose it was an eventuality that I should now find myself in Rome. A great deal of work has gone into this trip and I am looking forward to the adventures that lay ahead. 
 
It should be noted here that I am grateful for all those who have helped Rob Coyle and I pull this journey together and we are thankful to work for an institution that supports faculty efforts to make our college's commitment to international education a reality.

Our journey from Houston took us over Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, across the Atlantic around 52 degrees latitude, over southern Ireland and along Great Britton's English Chanel shores before northing toward London. Our connection to Rome provided to interesting views - snow capped Alps of western France, Switzerland and northern Italy and southeast along the coast of Italy from the great maritime city of Genoa to Italy's capital and our first destination, Rome.  Here, we are at around the same latitude as Chicago, Illinois, but with a very different climate.  Today it is very hot and humid in Rome.  The trip up to Frascati came as a welcome relief to the languid trip through Rome Termini.  Frascati is a beautiful hill-top town set against seventeenth century Baroque villas of the Roman elite class.  At a 1,050 feet (320m), Frascati is cooler than Rome and receives a refreshing sea breeze in the afternoons.  Perfect for what the Italians call "La Passeggiata" or the evening stroll.
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