It’s raining again this morning in Gaeta. Since our return ten days ago, we have found this to be a common occurrence at this time of year. So are winter storms and the surge they bring into our small, protected harbor. Yesterday, we took advantage of a break in the clouds and walked around the old part of the city, winding our way through the narrow alleys and stonewall-lined switchbacks past old churches dedicated to Saints like Giovanni a Mare and Caterina to the base of the Castello Angioino-Aragonese. From there, we wound our way back down the hill, pausing at an overlook and admiring the large swells crashing into the cliffs at the base of the castle.
We returned to Italy over the weekend and watched the U.S. presidential inauguration Tuesday on CNN at the Gajeta Hotel in Gaeta with a small group from the hotel and the marina, including several fellow Americans.Despite what Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi says, everyone else in Italy seems happy to see Obama become the 44th president of the U.S. After watching the ceremony, we celebrated over Naples-style pizza at nearby Ciro’s Restaurant.