Saturday, March 7, 2009
SPRINGTIME IN ITALY
Oh, God. The weather forecast is predicting snow again...snow! We've already been dumped with more snow than I can ever remember in one year in the Pacific Northwest, and now it's a week into March and we're in for more snow! We can't wait for springtime when we'll be traveling in Italy.
We'll be leaving our rain barrels and snow shovels behind. We'll be visiting the lakes, the mountains...climbing the goat trails of Cinque Terre, getting lost in Venice, sipping wine in Tuscany, dodging Vespas in Rome.
The history of Rome is fascinating. If you've watched the HBO mini-series you know it was filled with empire and intrigue and conquest and bare breasts. Plenty of bare breasts. But that wasn't the entire story.
To help us navigate the labyrinth of Roman History, we've enlisted the help of an old friend, Terry Jones. Terry is an historian, actor, screenwriter, comedian, director--and probably best known for being a member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus. Here he gives is a little Roman history lesson.
THE SURPRISING HISTORY OF ROME