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  1. Avatar William Walls
    January 11, 2017 @ 8:08 am

    You may want to meet up with Brietbart news reporter to exchange ideas. Here is a recent story from the NYTimes,
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/world/europe/breitbarts-man-in-rome-a-gentle-voice-in-a-strident-chorus.html?emc=edit_nn_20170111&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=74942698&te=1&_r=0

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 11, 2017 @ 9:28 am

      Thanks, William. But I have absolutely nothing in common with Williams other than a city.

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  2. Avatar Doria
    January 11, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

    Grazier for this wonderful essence of Rome!! We love Rome – live in England and wish constantly we lived in Rome! !
    Thanks again! Looking forward to visiting Rome in the new year.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 12, 2017 @ 12:49 am

      Once you come here, you’ll want to live here. Just don’t come in July. You’ll hate it. Crowded. Hot. Crazy. Come in spring or fall. Let me know if you have any questions.

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      • Avatar Doria
        January 12, 2017 @ 11:45 am

        We have been to Rome several times. Once in July and we melted! I lived in Texas as a child for 6 years and 120 F in the shade was not unusual. However we had a small above ground pool and of course air conditioning 🙂 ! I prefer off season anyway as photographing is much less fraught when you aren’t dodging masses of tourists.
        Looking forward to your next post John! As an expat American -29 years in England – I appreciate the touches of Americana and the revulsion of the orange one!!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 13, 2017 @ 12:48 am

      Thanks for the thumbs up, Doria. I’m getting ripped by some Trump backers. Every one of their emails is rife with grammatical and spelling errors. Then again, Trump won with the uneducated white man vote.

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  3. Avatar Sandra Panici
    January 11, 2017 @ 2:19 pm

    I look everywhere for those pastries with one half filled with chocolate cream and the other half filled with vanilla cream! When I find them, that’s my Bar.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 12, 2017 @ 12:46 am

      Half chocolate and half vanilla? When you find it, let me know.

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      • Avatar Sandra Panici
        January 12, 2017 @ 8:44 am

        Yes, i found this pastry at a Bar across the street from my convent lodging at 174 Via Merulana, 00185 Roma, intersecting street Via Ruggero Bonghi. I couldn’t look at the Rosetta bun the convent served every morning, so this Bar always stocked this pastry when they realized I liked it, would have it ready for me every morning, it was great Fun!

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  4. Avatar Charlene
    January 11, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

    Beautifully said! I have to ask though, as a single woman about to move there, did you meet your gorgeous Marina in Rome? If so, how (your answer will give me hope of finding someone 🙂

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 12, 2017 @ 12:45 am

      Ciao, Charlene. Thanks for the note. I met Marina the old-fashioned Italian way: through friends. Rome doesn’t have much of a bar scene. It’s a restaurant town, not a bar town. Romans don’t go bar hopping. There are no divorcee bars, even in the suburbs. If you went out for a glass of wine with a friend you won’t have to worry about getting hit on all night. Internet dating is still a foreign concept here. What happens is you go out with a group. People in the group invite friends. You go out to dinner, go out for wine, coffee, whatever. You meet people that way.

      Marina was in my circle of friends for a year. We finally broke off from the group for a casual aperitivo one night near the Vatican and hit it off. It went from there. I think she liked me because I became her friend first. Warning: Italian men can’t get their mind around that concept: friendship. They aren’t nearly as aggressive as they were before Mussolini’s granddaughter got into Parliament and changed some of the sexual harassment laws. But they’re pretty much interested in one thing first. They’re also very interested in American women because they think they ALL want to come to Italy for a fling with an Italian. As one of my Italian male friends said, “The problem with Italian women is they just don’t drink enough.”

      A lot of women in Rome, both expats and Italians, are tired of Italian men. A bunch of Marina’s friends want to meet Americans. I’d like to think I had something to do with that. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

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  5. Avatar Mary
    January 12, 2017 @ 9:43 am

    Ciao John,

    I’ve read several of your articles on The Local.it and I always enjoy them. Thanks for sharing the lovelier points of what makes Rome so special. It’s really an endless list. And seriously, I’ve always wondered how La Gazzetta can manage to fill so many pages, day after day.

    Grazie!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 13, 2017 @ 12:50 am

      Thanks, Mary. La Gazzetta and Corriere dello Sport are how I learned to read Italian.

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  6. Avatar Dale
    January 14, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

    Ciao John,

    I’m a relatively new follower and thoroughly enjoy your posts. Like you, I am a huge soccer fan, serie a and premiere league, and love the Eternal City. I currently live in Washington DC where I recently retired. With the inauguration less than a week away, I may be looking for a place to land. Not sure I can survive the impending stream of crap from the trumplethinskin… In the meantime I look forward to next piece. Grazie!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 15, 2017 @ 1:01 am

      Thanks for the note, Dale. The Blooms, with whom I crashed when I arrived here three years ago, moved to Washington late in 2015 and are saying the same thing about 2017. Come to Rome. It’s much calmer. The Italians don’t like Trump. They’re just not angry about it as I am. They keep me calm.

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    • Avatar Cynthia Fisher
      January 15, 2017 @ 9:28 am

      Another new follower and Trump refugee here. I have a couple of years to go until retirement and John, sites like yours sustain me. I know my love for Rome is not misplaced when you affirm how Romans feel about Trump. Not quite getting the soccer thing yet but am studying….

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      • John Henderson John Henderson
        January 16, 2017 @ 1:58 am

        Thanks for the thumbs up, Cynthia. Yeah, Rome is a safe haven for the rift that has gripped the U.S. I just have to stay off the Internet: Twitter and Facebook. I’m getting in warsof words with people I’ve never met nor ever want to meet. When I walk out onto the streets, my smile returns. Don’t worry about soccer. There are plenty of other fields of interest here.

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  7. Avatar janinitaly
    February 27, 2017 @ 10:40 am

    Ciao John. Me again. Rome was my first love. This post reminded me of why. (The affair has been going on since 1986)

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