Adriano has been extremely busy since his appointment to the Cabinet of the Mayor of Rome. He is the Commissioner for Rome's Tourism, Economic Development, and Labor. (See more photos of Adriano in the December 1, 2016, entry.)
As Commissioner for Tourism, he went to Venice to meet with his counterpart there. Here they are together on the Canal Grande.
He received the plaque he is holding in this photo from the Via Veneto Association, thanking him for his hard work to revitalize and insure the beauty of Via Veneto. This magnificent avenue is, of course, one of the great treasures of the city of Rome. (Ah! Memories of Marcello Mastroianni in "La Dolce Vita!")
Assessore Adriano Gilbert Meloni per l'impegno per la valorizzazione e la sostenibilita' della grande bellezza di Via Veneto. Roma, 9 maggio 2017 Assoc. Via Veneto
Our beloved Andrea, who so loved the city of Rome, would have been so proud of his son. Unfortunately, he did not live to see this amazing chapter in Adriano's life.
Adriano's sons Arthur and Paul enjoy hanging out with him in the Eternal City.
Old friend (since first grade) John Crouch and his wife Bonnie (relatively new friend) came to town to honor John's great-grandfather, a police officer killed in the line of duty. We met for lunch at the Hamilton Hotel in the District and had a most enjoyable chat. The food was good, too!
I flew out to Ann Arbor to spend a few days with Shlee, my Wells College roommate. I had a fabulous time! She was a very caring, thoughtful, and energetic host!!
Anne in a rare tranquil moment!
A view of Anne's backyard
God's Doors are Open to All
Sign in front of a church
Modern art on the University of Michigan campus
Entrance to a wing of the U of M Art Museum (above)
Photos of Museum Works of Art (below)
Ganesh, the Elephant Deity
Anti-Violence - Destroy All Weapons
House in historic German part of Ann Arbor
Love the colors of these houses!
The Gerald Ford Presidential Library
Adriano's friend Oscar surprised me one day and showed up unexpected on our doorstep. Turnabout's fair play. Anne and I surprised his wife and sons in the same way! Great Fun! We were very well received!
Anne, Judy, and the Wu Twins
Their backyard lake
Oscar came to visit us at Anne's house the following evening. Happy Birthday, Oscar!
Anne very kindly agreed to take me to Holland so that I could see where Frederik Walters, my great-grandfather, settled when he emigrated to the US in 1860. He was German but, for some unknown reason, opted to settle among the Dutch!
A monument to all of Holland's veterans - Frederik was a veteran of the Civil War
The Dutch pastor who founded Holland
He and his followers were searching for religious freedom.
Anne and Chris in the main park in the center of Holland