Why It’s Hard to Get Ice Cream in Turkey

Turkish ice cream trick

In Turkey, an ice cream vendor is not just a sales clerk--he's an artist and a talented showman.This video will give you an idea of just what you might have to go through to get a simple ice cream cone in Istanbul!  … [Read more...]

Vatican Apartment Up for Grabs?

Via Nicolo - bed and breakfast

I first saw this ad over on Connecticut Catholic Corner:A Vatican apartment for rent on Craig’s List!  Wait…. What?In my mind, I saw it:  that unused papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace.  Remember how, when Pope Benedict left for the last time and flew by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo, the Swiss Guards came along and applied a heavy wax seal to the door?  The apartment would remain vacant until the next Pope was elected….Well, Pope Francis has never moved in.  The furniture mu … [Read more...]

Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town

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On August 28, we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, the North African convert who became one of Catholicism's greatest educators after his conversion.I've posted several articles about St. Augustine (here and here and here).  I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite hometown haunts.Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in and around Rome.   One of my favorite spots, outside of t … [Read more...]