MISC EUROPE PICS MAY 2015

WELCOME AND ENJOY!!

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Late April-early May 2015, Italy/Serbia and various points inbetween

MIXED BAG OF PHOTOS, IPHONE

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SABAC, SERBIA, MAY 2015

PAJO HERE IN THE BACKGROUND

THE CAPPUCCINO WAS NOT BAD, AND THE SWEETS WERE NOT BAD EITHER. SERBS MAKE VERY RICH, THICK, CAKY DESSERTS. ENJOYED THIS TREAT

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CIMITERO LAURENTINO, WHERE DARIO'S AND LAURA'S REMAINS ARE FOUND.

ON THE WAY TO VISIT LAURA CALVITTI'S GRAVE, A SHORT WALK FROM THIS VISUAL TREAT.

WHOEVER MADE THIS EITHER CELEBRATED THEIR DECEASED RELATIVE'S IMAGINATION OR THE FACT THAT SAID RELATIVE LEFT THEM WITH A NICE HOUSE


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THE METRO STORE, OUTSIDE ROME

AT A WHOLESALE-TYPE SUPERMARKET. THESE ORIGINAL PARMIGIANO WHEELS RANGE FROM 80-84 LBS, AND AT ABOUT $18/LB ARE WELL OVER $1200/PER(THE WHEELS ON THE RIGHT ARE THE RELATIVELY BARGAINED-PRICED GRADA PADANO)

THE AVERAGE SERVING OF PARMIGIANO, AROUND 2-3 TABLESPOONS (between 1/3 and 1/2 an ounce) HAS MORE PROTEIN THAN A SERVING OF CHICKEN.

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PAJO'S HOUSE-THE LACK OF LUXURIES IN THE COUNTRY IN SERBIA

IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD, IN THAT THE RELATIVELY LATE PROLIFERATION OF LUXURIES LIKE VIDEO GAME CONSOLES HAS ALLOWED

TRADITIONAL, MIND-SHARPENING GAMES LIKE CHESS TO REMAIN HUGE IN SERBIA. I LOST ABOUT 95% OF THE TIME,

IN SOME 40 MATCHES. SINCE I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO WORK I ENDED UP SIPPING ON RAKIA OFTEN, WHICH AFFECTED MY STRATEGY.

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CIMITERO LAURENTINA

HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS, SERENDIPITY AT ITS FINEST.

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MONDO MAX RISTORANTE, MAGLIANA SABINA, LAZIO

STOPPED BY THIS RESTAURANT JUST OVER THE UMBRIA BORDER IN LAZIO. RANDOM PICK. OUT OF FOCUS, THIS IS.

SOME TIRAMISU'-TYPE SWEET WITH A GELATIN BOTTOM. REAL GOOD, BUT THE ESPRESSO I HAD WITH THIS WAS OVERLY BITTER AND RUINED MY TASTE BUDS FOR THE DAY.

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SPOLETO-SUNDAY MAY 17, 2015

A ROAD ADJACENT THE OLD CITY WALLS HAD SOME REALLY IMPRESSIVE FASCIST-ERA ARCHITECTURE. THIS IS A GAS STATION.

DESPITE ITS UNFORTUNATE POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL LEGACY THE FASCISTS GAVE ITALY AND ERITREA SOME REALLY COOL ARCHITECTURE.

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PORT OF ANCONA, DISEMBARKATION FROM FERRY

ITALY IS A LONG PENINSULA SURROUNDED BY MANY SEAS, LONG COASTS, AND MANY FISHES FROM THOSE SEAS.

THIS DRIVER EXPRESSED HIS ITALIANNESS BY DRIVING FROM THE LAST IN LINE INSIDE THE FERRY AND AHEAD OF THE LINE OF SOME 10 CARS,

EVENTUALLY CUTTING IN FRONT OF ME. I LET HIM WITHOUT A FUSS AS I ASSUMED THOSE FISHES WERE SPECIAL.

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OUTSIDE MOSTAR, SATURDAY MAY 16, 2015

STOPPED BY A RANDOM RESTAURANT JUST AFTER MOSTAR. DROVE THROUGH THE CENTER BUT THERE WAS NO PARKING AVAILABLE THERE.

THIS WAS A SANDWICH-TYPE KEBAB, AS OPPOSED TO THE WRAP-STYLE. WAY TOO MUCH BREAD DILUTED THE FLAVORS BUT OTHERWISE OK.

ODD OBSERVATION: DRIVING TROUGH TUZLA EARLIER THAT DAY I SPOTTED NOT A SINGLE RELIGIOUS VEIL. IN MOSTAR THEY WERE EVERYWHERE.

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AMELIA, UMBRIA

SICILIAN RESTAURANT INSIDE HISTORIC CENTER OF AMELIA. ONE OF THE BEST MEALS AT A RESTAURANT EVER.

LASAGNA WITH MAZZANCOLLI, WHICH IS A SHRIMP/LOBSTER-LOOKING HYBRID, ON TOP OF AN EGGPLANT SAUCE.

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BELGRADE

DISAPPOINTING MOJITO AT A BAR/LOUNGE/CLUB WITH HUGE EXERIOR COURTYARD. NO ICE!

DREARY, COLD AND RAINY SATURDAY MORNING. I WAS THE ONLY CUSTOMER BESIDE A PAIR OF GIRLS INSIDE THE BAR. HUGE PLACE.

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MONDO MAX, MAGLIANA SABINA, LAZIO

PRETTY GOOD PASTA DISH WITH ASPARAGUS, FLAVORED JUST RIGHT WITH SMALL PANCETTA STRIPS.

41 EURO FOR THE APPETIZERS, COFFEE, WATER, WINE, AND ESPRESSO. GOT THERE A BIT EARLY, ME AND 3 OTHERS WERE ONLY CUSTOMERS.

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METRO SUPERMARKET

THE FISH SECTION OF THE STORE REEKED OF FISH, WHICH IS A GREAT THING IF YOU LIKE FRESH FISH.

THIS IS SWORDFISH, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TROUBLE INTERPRETING THE POINTY THING AT THE FRONT OF THE HEAD

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SAINT GEORGE SLAVA, PRNJAVOR, SERBIA

THE SLIDE SHOW FORMAT CUTS OFF THE PRIVATE PARTS OF THESE FIGURES, WHICH DENOTE THE BATHROOM IN THIS PRIVATE RESIDENCE.

REAL CUTE

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INTERIOR OF MAX MONDO RESTAURANT. BIG INDOOR SPACE, WITH PLENTY IN OUTDOOR COVERED TERRACES. NICE PLACE

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BEANS AND BACON

THIS WOULD BE CONSIDERED BY MOST PEOPLE TO BE POOR COUNTRY FOLK FARE. IT'S REALLY ONE OF THE BEST MEALS EVER.

TETOVSKI PASULJ, THOSE BIG WHITE BEANS ARE CALLED, INSIDE A BACON-FLAVORED SOUP THING. W/COLE SLAW, BEER, BREAD..A+++

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LOTS OF SNAILS ON THE STREETS OF BELGRADE ON A HUMID, DRIZZLY APRIL DAY.

THIS ONE WAS PRECARIOUSLY LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK.

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SPOLETO'S MEDIEVAL OUTER WALL FORTIFICATION. PLEASANT WALK UNDER CHEERY SUN.

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COOL WOODEN MODEL DETAIL OF TESLA'S FLUSHING MEADOWS COMPOUND

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NIKOLA TESLA MUSEUM, BELGRADE

SOME MAD GENIUS DEMO AT THE TESLA MUSEUM

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EXCELLENT THAI LUNCH IN BELGRADE, FAST FOOD-TYPE PLACE, WITH SEATING INSIDE FOR 2 PARTIES. TINY PLACE.

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SPLIT-->ANCONA FERRY

INTERIOR SNAPSHOT OF MY CABIN. A LITTLE UNKEMPT. REAL COMFORTABLE THOUGH. BATHROOM OUT OF VIEW AT RIGHT