St. Peters from the deck of our hotel room at sunset last night.
MD in conversation with a satyr.
With the head of Bernini’s Medusa.
Yours truly with the colossal statuary in the Capitoline Museum
The ruins of ancient Rome
The Colosseum.  I’m always amazed at how huge this structure really is.  It’s got to be seen to be believed.
I’ll post more photos later.  I don’t want to overload your computer and have it take forever to download plus MD is after me to take off for the day.  I’ve got to figure out how to use Flikr.


  1. Hey Doc,
    My wife and I are headed to Italy this fall for a belated honeymoon and we’ll be spending a few days in Rome. The view from your hotel looks really nice, would you recommend it? If so, would you mind sharing it’s name, etc? Maybe once you are home? If it’s a travel-favorite that you would rather not share, that’s also totally fine.
    Hi Ogden–
    I wouldn’t mind at all.  The hotel is the Mövenpick, which is a Swisshotel.  I wouldn’t recommend it, though.  It’s too far out of town and a real pain whenever you want to get into town.  The only reason we’re here is that it will accommodate a large group (MD’s singing entourage is about 100 people).  I would much prefer a hotel down in town instead.
    Plus, the food is wretched here.  The Swiss are not noted for their food and it shows.  No decent Italian tourist would be caught dead in this hotel and no Italian of any stripe would dine here.
    The only thing it has going for it – other than the ability to accommodate a crowd – is a nice view over St. Peters.  But, all in all, that isn’t worth the many downsides.

  2. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these.. it will probably be the only time I ever see Rome. *sigh*
    I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  3. Great photos! I almost feel like I’m back in college sitting in one of my Art History classes. All that’s missing is the “snick-click” of the slide projector and the whirring of its little fan.
    Thanks, Esther.
    If I could figure out how to use Flickr (or at least get it imbedded in my blog software) I could put up all the photos.  You would still miss the ‘snick-click’ and the whirrimg of the little fan.

  4. Dr. Eades, since you are on vacation, and probably should not do too much thinking, I shall present you with your semi-weekly, non-constructive post of the day. Though strange, I promise you that it will come to a point of some sort.
    Though I do not read your blog everyday, it is certainly not due to lack of trying; Comcast can be most inept at times, and those times are definitely the days I do not read your blog, as it would be impossible. However, though the cable does not work during those most inopportune times, the television and DVD player most certainly continue to function.
    Before I continue with my inane post, I must reveal a bit of background about myself.
    I am not ashamed to admit (or maybe I should be?) that I am a Law and Order-phile. Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent; you name the spin-off, I’ll watch it. I used to actually have a serious problem controlling these whims- at one point in my Law and Order watching career, I would come home at 6:00 after a long, hard day of surfing the internet and watch TNT’s daily marathon until roughly 10:00.
    That aside, I have a few DVD’s of my beloved L&O; so, when the cable predictably yet mysteriously vanished for the umpteenth time, I had a form of entertainment. (Reflecting back on that night, it would have been a much better use of my time to actually start on my paper about ancient Chinese poetry, but I digress…) I watched one or two episodes, ate dinner, watched some more episodes, panicked about a test that I had the next day that I neglected to study for, studied, yelled at the cat for knocking over the garbage, then went to bed. Then I started to dream.
    The Scene: A bakery.
    The Crime: A young gentleman was dead, beaten to death with a huge loaf of French bread.
    The Detectives: Dr. Mike Eades and Lyndsey
    The Story: It’s all a little fuzzy, and it made no sense. I think we had a sledding contest and grilled hamburgers.
    The Conclusion: Dr. Dean Ornish did it.
    Anyway, have a great vacation, and thanks for posting the pictures!
    And thanks for the comment. And no matter what the crime (especially if it is a nutritional crime), the evil machinations of Dr. Dean Ornish undoubtedly played some role.
    You wrote:

    I would come home at 6:00 after a long, hard day of surfing the internet…

    Are you by chance a government employee? 

  5. Hi Mike,
    Enjoyed the pictures, especially the one of you standing beside what appears to be a giant nose.
    I would be interested in more than snapshots. I would like to know what’s been on your menu as you eat low carb through Italy. A friend of mine complained that he only had one meal in Italy. It started when he got off the plane and ended when he got on the plane.
    By the way, even though we disagree on health care, I would still choose you to be surgeon general during my presidential term.
    All the best,
    Chuck Berezin
    Hi Chuck–
    Believe it or not, Rome is the easiest place I’ve ever been to do low-carb.  I’ve got some food photos that I’ll post soon.
    If you’re ever elected, and if you appoint me, and if I’m confirmed, I promise I’ll be apolitical.

  6. LOL at Lyndsey’s dream! I’m a big L&O addict myself. I would add to it that Michael Jacobson of CSPI drove the getaway car. 🙂
    Yes, a Flickr slideshow would be great. And I wouldn’t miss those slide projector sounds in the least. In fact, I know for sure the only reason they didn’t put me to sleep in class (which was nearly always post-lunch) was because the professor was highly entertaining and always had a naughty tidbit or two about the artist he was lecturing about. I ended up taking every course he offered.

  7. “I’ve got to figure out how to use Flikr.”
    I use the uploading tool. You literally just drag and drop the pictures into the loader and click the Upload button. It’s great!
    Hi Cindy–
    What I can’t figure out is how to make the photos accessible to readers of this blog.  I’ve seen others put a little box on the side that contains an ever changing group of pics – that’s what I’m trying to figure out how to do. Do you know how?


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