Hi, I was born in Florence, Italy 34 years ago (I'm getting old!) and ever since I can remember I have loved to travel. My great passions in life are the study of history and archaeology, travelling of course, and football (Soccer for the yanks). I am an Italo-American, and have lived all over the world.
I enjoy sampling foods from different cultures and cuisines, as well as art from around the world.
I'm married to a lovely and beautiful English girl, my partner in my world travels.
That's all I got for now, I hope that others will enjoy viewing my travel logs, once I post them.
July 13th 2008
Ever since I was a little kid, I have always dreamt of sailing the seas in a tall ship. Pirate movies, Hornblower, were all products I used to stimulate my imagination and dream of the vast empty spaces of the ocean. It was a romantic image of freedom to me. As an adult, and a historian, I have learned the truth of the hardships of life on the tall ships; the filthy conditions, the violent discipline, all contributing factors that made the sailors life on board hell. Oh yeah, and the sheer terror of the battle! Today, HMS Victory sits in dry dock at Portsmouth Harbor. It is the oldest commisioned ship in the Royal Navy, but it is mostly a tourist destination and used for ceremonies. The vessel is the most famous sailing ship of ... read more
June 30th 2007
I have just reached my official halfway point on my tour, unless they extend me, and I must say that the time has been flying, and soon I should be gazing upon the green fields of England. But until then, let me share more of my good times here. Yesterday I went to visit the ancient Sumerian and Babylonian city of Ur which is right outside our location. The site of the Ziggurat is incredible, over 4000 years old, and still standing as majestic as when the Sumerian kings worshipped on top of its layers. Of course, the top portion is gone over the centuries, but the main structure is still impressive. This is not the first time I have been priviledged to visit this ancient site, in fact, I had been here 4 years ... read more
May 16th 2007
Well, here is the first sand storm since I've made my return here. It was pretty thick, but not as thick as I saw last time I was here. I'm sure there will be plenty more time for some more of these to come on down! It seems almost as if you are standing in a sci-fi movie, on some distant planet. It seems incredible that people have lived through these for thousands of years and never once complained about it. Well, I'm sure some have, just like the English complain about their rain. Check out the oics, that's me!... read more
May 13th 2007
Hello all, from what you have gathered from my few entries so far, I seem to spend more time traveling to some of the world's least turisty places rather than the major destinations. This is my second tour of duty in Iraq, and I must say that four years apart the area has changed little. I am in the south, near the ancient ruins of the city of Ur, and the magnificient Ziggurat. It was very nice to be remembered by the curator of the ruins four years after I last saw him. I was very nervous that the war might have seriously affected him and his family; to my relief, it seems that the horrors of war have made little impact on the daily lives of the people in this region, and that there is ... read more
November 15th 2006
Hello everyone! This is my third entry, and it concerns my recent cruise with my wife to the Bahamas. Our cruise ship left Port Canaveral, for the Bahamas, with stops at Nassau and Coco Cay (Royal Carribean's private island). Nassau is a very colorful place, with their pink, yellow and orange buildings and lots of palm trees. I wasn't too impressed with the waterfront area, aside from the shops of trinkets and jewelry. There was a lack of restaurants for the people coming off the ships. The tour of the island was very nice, and our bus driver/tour guide was hilarious and added much to the Carribean atmosphere. The Pirate museum in Nassau was one of the highlights for me; it came complete with a replica pirate ship and marroned island with the unfortunate pirate and ... read more
September 5th 2006
Many stories have been told about Vietnam, most of them had to do with the war, but mine has to do with the people and the progress of the human spirit to overcome tragedy and adversity and shine through. Well, after this Hemingway-ish intro, let me tell you about my tour in 'Nam. It all started many years ago for me, and my ever incresing interest in Vietnam and the war fought there by the USA; so, I decided to go there myself and see how it was. I was living in Korea at the time, so the flight there was only 5 hours and pretty cheap. You have to apply for a tourist Visa in advance, which my travel agent did through the Vietnamese embassy in Seoul. Visa and plane ticket in hand I made ... read more
July 2nd 2006
Trier is a magical place where history maniacs (like myself) can step back in time to the era of the Late Roman Empire or the age of Charlemagne. The ruins of the amphiteather are incredible, but the piece de resistance had to be Porta Nigra. The amphiteather complex can be fully visited; the day we went there it was pouring it down, and although the mud was a mighty foe, it could not prevent us from exploring the underground chambers and passages. The great gate, Porta Nigra, kept us dry for awhile. You can climb the tower and the interior all the way to the top. The intricate workings of the gates are still quite visible. The Carolingian cathedral was quite an impressive site; most of us have an image of decayed cities and unwashed people ... read more
June 30th 2006
I had always wanted to make a return to a world cup match; my first, and to date, my only experience had been back in the summer of 1990, in Florence, Italy when the FIFA world cup came to town. 16 years later and here I am again! Frankfurt in Germany was the trip, and the visit of my friend Lee from the States was the reason. We had planned a trip from East Anglia, in England, across France, Germany and into Italy. Car problems and horrible traffic jams forced us to alter our plans, so we decided on staying in Germany at my other friends house, Mark, and see some of western Germany. Frankfurt was our main destination, and long walks through town during the day had revealed a lovely traditional German feel town. The ... read more