Friday, October 19, 2007


Thanks to all for keeping in touch.

I am leaving the monastery of Sant'Anselmo and am joining my sister at Fiumicino Airport where we will then continue on to Siciliy, and Camporeale, the birthplace of our father's parents.

Hopefully, I will be able to get some time at the board of keys in an internet cafe. This free monastic internet has spoiled me.

See you there!



At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 12:19:00 AM PDT , Blogger armalicious said...

Eeeek!!! Yay!! Safe travels, my Gawpo! Can't wait to hear more!


At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 4:02:00 AM PDT , Blogger Nessa said...

I need to spend some time in a monastery.

Have a great trip and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 5:15:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

have a WONDERFUL time!

At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 5:25:00 AM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Shake the family tree and see who falls out Gawpo..!
Have a great time.

At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 6:33:00 AM PDT , Blogger mindy said...

have a wonderful time. we'll miss you.

At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 11:34:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Brooke said...

Have a safe and wonderful trip!

At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 2:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger Catnapping said...

hope yer not thinkin' of becoming a monk...

At Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 7:20:00 PM PDT , Blogger Scarlet said...

Leaving the monestary?? What were you, a priest? ;)

At Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 8:05:00 AM PDT , Blogger Anissa said...

Safe travels.

At Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 1:12:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

ARMALICIOUSI: There will be more. Oh, yes---there will be more. Maggiore!

NESSA: You would love it. It would love you.

LIMERS: Not just wonder, but full as well!

SHEILER: You will NOT believe the story I have about shaking that family tree! Incredible close encounter today in Camporeale.

MINDANCE: Same to you but more of it! It is hard being limited (internet).

BWOOKIE: Thank you, Honey. I am keeping you close all along the way. Know that.

CAT: You do mean "again." Right? Well, to be honest........

SCARLET: I was not ordained. But yes---I was a monk. It's been a while.

ANISSIONIA: Grazie! Multo grazie! My sister is doing the driving and she is "Ameri-safe."

At Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 2:31:00 PM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

I am dreaming of warm Italian sun, lovely bread and wine, cheese. Whoops. Think I just gained two pounds...

Safe travels, Gawpo - after hanging at the monastary, it might be a wee different. And, what gives?? Become a monk, get free internet access? Might be worth it... as long as it's DSL, of course.

At Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 4:06:00 PM PDT , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

I'm happy for you!


At Monday, October 22, 2007 at 10:28:00 AM PDT , Blogger the grumble said...

You have no notion of how much I envy you. Hope you have a great time.

At Monday, October 22, 2007 at 3:50:00 PM PDT , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Wow! Sicily!!! THe Godfather revisited! What do they say instead of "Hooty hoo"??? I Would LOVE to be in Sicily right now! ..Hey..One of my good friends is moving to Portland...

At Monday, October 22, 2007 at 4:01:00 PM PDT , Blogger Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

Safe travels dear Gawpo...I am so anxious to see photos and hear full details of this trip!
Someday I would love to see Sicily and perhaps visit where my grandparents came from. Say bonjiorno for me.....especially if you meet any Ferrara or DiSalvo's! :)

At Monday, October 22, 2007 at 8:24:00 PM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Gawpo-just arrived back from the sales trip which was um, well, I'll tell you later. The sales part was great. The trip, well, it was a trip. Consider the company included, eh?

I got your phone message! Thanks for that! I LOVED it! Good job on the bogus accent. So nice of you to think of me and make that effort! I love you and am soooooo glad for you in that you get this most fulfilling trip.


At Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 11:52:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

VANDYKETIMES-SARAH: Well, the week in Rome was bellissima in terms of the weather, but when we got to Sicily, it rained and RAINED and POURED DOWN MORE RAIN AND HAIL AND HIGH WINDS CAME IN AND BLEW HUGE WAVES INTO ACTION. And I got some really great pictures of it all. The rains stopped today. We left today. We are now in Venice. xoxo, G

KATIE: And what a mind-blowing trip it has been. Pinch me!!!!

GRUMBLEYBOTTOM: And you have no idea how many times I think of you. I really, really do. You talk to me when I am shooting all day. I hear your voice and your curmudgeonly gafaw every time I botch what could have been a great shot. But I do think of you. A lot!

PAM AIRIES: They say, Ci videamo doppo.

Have your friend email me. Supito!


CHEENDRUH!: Call me!!! 39.377.305.4895 Yes, it will cost you. And yes, I have unlimited free incoming. And yes, I am worth it. And yes, YOU are worth it, too.

I want to hear all about the trip, etc.

Left you another message today. No accent.

At Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 3:37:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Gawpo bay-BAY! Greetings from the other side of the world. Is your new picturer getting a workout? Good. I'm anxiously awaiting all the cool Gawpographs. I'm ringing an inner angelus for your continued safe passage.

At Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 10:05:00 AM PDT , Blogger Anissa said...

Venice! Ah...amore.

The square at night. Dueling bands. Cappuccino. Tiramisu. Twinkling stars. It takes me back. Enjoy, my friend.

And beware the pigeons. They poop.

At Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 12:35:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JOE: Ciao, Gio! Ciao, Gio Bell-O! The picturer loaded a total of 2,680 exposures onto the first of two 4gig cards just fine, grazie. Working on the second. Must pace: Venice required about 800 blinks. I will go through to night and delete the fuzzies.

Àngelus Dòmini nuntiàvit Mariæ,
Et concèpit de Spiritu Sancto...

ANISSA: Two words re: your pigeon warning----Boy Howdy! While none were permitted to perch upon my corpus, I did take several pics of others who had the birds lining their arms and taking up real estate atop heads. I winced as the inevitable surely took place. But I never saw anyone wiping at anything. So maybe they skated? Venice is the only place so far that had tons of pigeons. Not even Rome had the concentrations I saw today in the Pza. S. Marco. I love knowing that you were here. I feel accompanied. And at night it's outta this world.

At Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 3:46:00 PM PDT , Blogger Anissa said...

I'm with you...leave the pigeon perching to those more poop-inclined. Honestly though, I couldn't believe the sight. Nor the fact that people actually let rats with wings SIT on their heads. Boy Howdy is right!

"I love knowing that you were here. I feel accompanied." And I feel like I'm right there with you. Thanks for letting me journey with you.

At Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 4:55:00 PM PDT , Blogger AnnieElf said...

retreat to a monastery sounds sublime. Have a wonderful time.

At Monday, October 29, 2007 at 7:14:00 AM PDT , Blogger Jacque LeBlanc said...

Thanks for the info on Venice. We are on our way. And looks like you are on your way to our neck of the woods. We're Americans from Hawaii living in Sicily!

Aloha! - jacque leblanc

At Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 12:47:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

ANISSA: Ha! Rats with wings. I love it.

I wanna go back. NOW!


ANNIE: Sitting in the choir stalls with the other monks early in the morning made it all come back to me. Why did I leave? Can't quite recall. Oh yeah----airplane.

JACQUE LEBLANC: Boy---once an islander, always an islander, huh? I can't believe you actually LIVE there! Wow. This is a goal of mine: Go back and stay for a year. Cefalu was incredible. Ciao!


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