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Well preserved ruins: the town of Herculaneum and Mt Vesuvius, the volcano that blew and destroyed this and Pompeii on the same day in 79 AD. Strange to see something you learned about decades ago in grade school with no frame of reference as a young kid.

A civilized lunch in new Pompeii, with an interesting item on the check: cuberto, which the waiter describes in Italian as forks and knives. Essentially a cover charge. Really?

Ruins in Pompeii from 79 AD.

Ruins in Pompeii from 79 AD.

A preview of things to come. The Amalfi coastline just outside of Sorrento.

A preview of things to come. The Amalfi coastline just outside of Sorrento.

Buon giorno! First things first. Cappuccino at Roma airport.

Buon giorno! First things first. Cappuccino at Roma airport.

Snow capped mountains in France and then Italy is in sight. It was a long night.

Woo-hooI

Woo-hooI

"El Classico" soccer game (Madrid vs. Barcelona) with the fam at PB Alehouse. Costa Brava was packed and turning people away! So disappointing,in part because I was hoping for some patatas bravas and octopus. Maybe next time. The Alehouse had some decent sangria.

Enjoying a crab blt at Tom Douglas’ Seatown in Seattle.

Enjoying a crab blt at Tom Douglas’ Seatown in Seattle.

El llamo ‘el guapo.’ He’s the Vegas baby in the family, and he is a handsome one.

Fun in Vegas. Fleur restaurant by Hubert Kellar, where I ate and loved grilled octopus with patatas bravas. Oh, and the Cirque’s Michael Jackson show.

Blooming in my garden now: a blizzard of jasmine and Indian Hawthorn.

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Visit from Aunt Nean and she brought such a cute succulent plant design in baby Vans….so adorbs!

Malbec. Yum.

Malbec. Yum.