Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Leftovers...

I tried to write this blog my last day in Asilah but apparently it did not post correctly. I wanted to mention 3 things that I had forgot in my last blog...

First, in Casablanca we went to the Hassan II mosque. Wow. Of all of the religous sites I have seen on this trip, this was by far the most impressive. It is huge...25,000 can pray at one time. It cost 1 billion dollars to build, and it was paid for stictly through donations from the Moroccan people. 30,000 artisans contributed to the handiwork and 10,000 workers built it. It took 6 years. I will try to post pictures soon.

Next, Paolo and I saw Kofi Annan, the last president of the UN, while we were in Asilah. He stopped to watch the drummers from Ghana for a bit.

And finally, when Tiff and I were in Florence, we sat a few tables away from Sean Lennon, the sone of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at a restaurant one night.

Thats it for now. We are in Barcelona and it is wonderful. We have done/seen a lot. More on that later...and more on the rest of my trip. Plans changed again and I am not going to Ghana (the organization kinda dropped the ball...)

So when I get back to Italy I will fill you in. Now we are going to seem some of Gaudi's amazing art and architecture...

adios.

1 comment:

Dan Pape said...

This is a pretty impressive display of all your travels!!!
I've been to several of the cities that you have visited and yes it does change a person to travel extensively . . . You quickly see that it truly is a very small world. Travel also makes you a more well-rounded person and a much more open-minded one! I remember you as Miss B with your little blanket in Wauseon, Ohio and look at those days fondly. Life does go on and does have its bumps and bruises, but it appears that you're journeys have just begun . . . Have a great time and enjoy yourself, your family and enjoy life in general. Never lose your sense of adventure! We have truly enjoyed living in Charleston, SC, near the ocean, the beaches and the most beautifully preserved and historic city in the USA. We always enjoy traveling, domestic and abroad, but then are glad to get home. Ann continues to teach school, Laura is a freshman at the University of SC, in Columbia, and I continue to pursue my career in real estate sales. If your travels bring you back to Charleston, we would definitely like to see you. Also bring your mom and dad with you, as we have plenty of room for you all and I would guarantee a great visit. When you were a Blackbaud stadium a few years ago for the Battery game, your were about 2-3 miles from our home. I spoke with Joe and Marie last evening and enjoyed the conversation. As always with good friends, it was fun to catch-up and seemed like it hadn't been long since we last spoke. Please do keep in touch and we hope to see you all sometime soon, either in Ohio or South Carolina. One last quick question, did you go on the Millinium Wheel in London? I'm sure you visited the Vatican in Rome! Enjoy life and everything will work out; it always does . . . ! Dan Pape