36a-Summer Break: Uncle Sammy & Aunt Kathie’s Vacation in Italy

We’re going on Summer Break for the month of August.  The continued heat and humidity do not encourage reading and discussion of family history.  Instead it is a time to live through each day as leisurely as possible.  It’s also a time to dream away the hot days.  An afternoon nap after a swim or cool shower is a good way to pass the hottest hours in the afternoon.

During this Summer Break we’ll post photos of travels, day trips or staycation activities.  There may also be photos from our family album along with some pleasant memories to share.  The content of our postings will be more visual and not require much on the part of our readers.  We hope they will provide a few minutes of escape from the heat and a prompt to remember pleasant vacation  and summertime memories from your own family life and travels.

Uncle Sammy and Aunt Kathie are currently on a tour of Italy.  Here are some of the photos of the places visited in the last 10 days.



The nave of St. Peter’s Basilica.


The Vatican Museum.


Pine Cone Court outside the Vatican.  The sculpture of the pine cone is 2000 years old.

Isle of Capri


First view of the Isle of Capti while on the boat from the mainland.


View of Capri.


One of the shopping arcades that are plentiful in Capri.



One of the buildings preserved by the lava and ash that fell from Mt. Vesuvius.


This is the body of a slave that was left behind when Vesuvius erupted.


A total of 25 feet of ash fell during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.  The ash preserved the colors of painted walls of the homes.



The Doge’s Palace.


Ceiling of one of the rooms inside the Doge’s Palace.


Aunt Kathie in Venice.


Uncle Sammy before going on a gondola ride with Aunt Kathie.

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