Greetings from Rome via the Morrisseys

posted at 1:18 pm on April 29, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Captain Ed checked in during his trip with the First Mate to Italy, and in typical fashion he’s such a dedicated worker he couldn’t forget about you all. You can tell from the photo below that he’s consumed with guilt about being over there in Rome on vacation while all of us suckers Hot Air readers are stuck back at home working. And while it’s not the same as being there in person, he wanted to share a few of the sights with you all. This first shot is Ed in front of the Trevi Fountain.

Ed at the Trevi Fountain

Next up, the happy couple visit the Spanish Steps.

The Spanish Steps

And finally, a quick trip to see the Via Della Quattro Fontane

Via Della Quattro Fontane

That’s all for today, but stay tuned and we’ll try to keep you updated on their progress through Italy over the next week.

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For a minute there, I thought he scored an invite to the wedding.

CurtZHP on April 29, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Whatever you do, don’t make a side trip to Sigonella. Just don’t.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I’m jealous.
Hope Ed has a wonderful time.
I’m sure he is.

Badger40 on April 29, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I hope you, Ed, and The First Mate have a wonderful time on your vacation.
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letget on April 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Nice pics. Thx for checking in Ed and thx for posting Jazz

Paradox Drive on April 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Bastage!

Have fun, you and the First Mate have earned it.

jnelchef on April 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

LOL! Have a lovely time, guys. Come and see us in our house in Crete if you’re still around the Med in June.

Fortunata on April 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Dig the cap. But, hey, no baguette? Slacker…

joejm65 on April 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Jeez, how Ed and the First Mate must be suffering. ;-)

irishspy on April 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Hey Ed, how long did it take you to fight through the tourists to get that great picture in front of the Trevi Fountain? I took me over a half hour. That place is like a zoo!

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Ed can finally give to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s.

WashJeff on April 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Hey Ed, how long did it take you to fight through the tourists to get that great picture in front of the Trevi Fountain? I took me over a half hour. That place is like a zoo!

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Ed pulled a few strings. He said he knew Allahpundit, and the crowds just parted like the Red Sea. :-)

joejm65 on April 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Hey Ed, how long did it take you to fight through the tourists to get that great picture in front of the Trevi Fountain? I took me over a half hour. That place is like a zoo!

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Behold the powers of the Cap’m.

WashJeff on April 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

This first shot is Ed in front of the Trevi Fountain.

stop with the pasta, ed.

sesquipedalian on April 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

:)

golfmann on April 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM

What fun!!! Thanks for sharing Ed and have a great vacation.

conservative pilgrim on April 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Mangia, baby!

wildweasel on April 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Whatever you do, don’t make a side trip to Sigonella. Just don’t.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 1:21 PM

ROFL. I spent 5 of my young adult years drinking stationed in Sig, met some of the best friends I’ve ever had there. I left in ’94… some of my Sicilian friends tell me it’s quite different now.

God bless you, Ed. Enjoy your trip.

CantCureStupid on April 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Ed, I chucked a 50 cent piece in the fountain about 20 years ago….could you get it back because I think I’m going to need it.

BigWyo on April 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Stay tuned and we’ll try to keep you updated on their progress through Italy over the next week.

I look forward to the pictures from the party at Silvio Berlusconi’s pad.

WashJeff on April 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Wait a second, that’s the Venetian in Vegas!

Chuck Schick on April 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Behold the powers of the Cap’m.

WashJeff on April 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Oh, but did the Cap’m have the power to climb all the way to top of the Spanish Steps without succumbing to all the vendors trying to sell you a rose?

It’s not that bad of a climb, but the vendors are a pure pain in the butt.

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Seems like a smart move to go to Italy while everyone else is in London! It may have cuts some of the crowds down.

You know Ed… you need to forget this stuff and just have fun away. It will do you good when you get back to have some perspective on it.

And it is going to be quite a ride for the next couple of years… getting a Republican in the Whitehouse and the inauguration and the new president’s honeymoon.

Make the most of this break.

petunia on April 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I hope y’all are having the best time ever!!!

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I loved Rome….

Don’t forget to eat tons. Get some gelato. Have some pizza. Go to the Vatican. Check out the Baths of Caracalla…..

Have a great trip!!!

mjk on April 29, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Hey ED!. are you going to see the beatification of the Pope John Paul II?. Lucky you!.

hawkman on April 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Very nice photos. Ed, have a great vacation, and don’t worry, Hot Air won’t completely tank in your absence. It America can survive 4 years with Obama, we can survive a week with Jazz Shaw. :-) Thanks for the update, Jazz.

simkeith on April 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I know that you and the First Mate are having a great time, Ed. You’re missed.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

When in Rome , roam?

the_nile on April 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Thumbs up, Mr. Morrissey!

RedRedRice on April 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

How did you weather the storms?

d1carter on April 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Oh wow!!! I am so envious!!!

What beautiful pictures. I’ll bet it’s even more breath taking in person. Bring us back some real Italian pizze, Ed. LOL

capejasmine on April 29, 2011 at 1:41 PM

The place where I took my tests last week is closed, due to flooding by the Wolf River. Baptist Memorial Hospital parking lots are flooding in Memphis. There is only one entrance available. I’ll post the video as soon as I get it.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Oops. Off- topic. Sorry. Please remember those that have been devastated in the South.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Ed pulled a few strings. He said he knew Allahpundit, and the crowds just parted like the Red Sea. :-)

joejm65 on April 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

That’s going into the Comment of the Day™ hopper.

Steve Eggleston on April 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Europe? That exchange rate’s gotta be a killer.

Have a good time.

BadgerHawk on April 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Burning question: Scan or pat down?

Tru2my2 on April 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

It’s not that bad of a climb, but the vendors are a pure pain in the butt.

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Had visions of Ed acting like that Scene in Airplane where Striker is hitting all the “salespeople” in the airport.

WashJeff on April 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I hope you hit Florence, Ed. I spent a month there in ’01. Fantastic place.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I’ll be visiting the Capitoline Museum tomorrow. Perhaps I’ll see the Captain there.

Tell Ed to enjoy Italy, and he needs to stop in Napoli long enough to eat pizza and visit the Archaeological Museum… then he can flee the city like all the other tourists. ;)

fiatboomer on April 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Have fun Ed. :-)

PappyD61 on April 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Much love to you both! Enjoy!

Send photos of menu’s and comment on the food!

/foodie

Key West Reader on April 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Italy is one of the few places in that part of the world I want to visit. Have fun Ed and send lots of pics! :-)

ladyingray on April 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Ni-i-i-ice pic. Have fun!

Fallon on April 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Have a great time! Awesome pictures, keep ‘em coming!

DrAllecon on April 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

If you have the EWTN TV channel (or some others) you can check in on what’s happening in Rome on Sunday:

Beatification of Pope John Paul II (Live)
Sun. May 1 at 2:30 AM ET (Live)

EWTN: Live, & also at 8 PM ET
Pope Benedict XVI presides at the Rite of Beatification for Pope John Paul II from St. Peter’s Square.

RBMN on April 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Ed is in the hood!

sarainitaly on April 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I’m envious, Ed. :)

I’ve only been to Rome once and it was a bit intimidating due to the traffic. One place I did not get to and regret was St. John the Lateran.

May you and Marcia have a safe and relaxing trip.

Blake on April 29, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Tell Ed to enjoy Italy, and he needs to stop in Napoli long enough to eat pizza and visit the Archaeological Museum… then he can flee the city like all the other tourists. ;)

fiatboomer on April 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Naples…….worst city ever. Those people are crazy and drive like fools. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Woot! Have fun and be safe! I’m going to Italy for the first time in 3 Weeks, very excited!

surrounded on April 29, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Nice.

Enjoy your trip.

If you get a chance go to St. Clement’s Basilica.

3 levels, one Church built on top of another.

1st level is a 1 century street and the home of St. Clement, 3rd Bishop of Rome, who knew St. Peter and his wife and was hand picked by him.

Then a 4th century church, then a 11th century Basilica.

If I ever get to Rome, that will be my first stop.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_di_San_Clemente

Elisa on April 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Rome. How lovely. The entire city is a living, breathing trove of treasures.

Hey Ed, how long did it take you to fight through the tourists to get that great picture in front of the Trevi Fountain? I took me over a half hour. That place is like a zoo!

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Early morning is the key. Rome doesn’t come alive until well after 8:00am. In fact, early morning is the ideal time for photographs almost anywhere. The light is lovely and there are no crowds. On the other hand, don’t miss the Spanish Steps at sunset. The setting sun highlights the Trinità dei Monti and views from the top are fabulous. It’s my favorite spot in Rome.

SukieTawdry on April 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Let me add, try to catch evensong at the Trinità dei Monti. Lovely.

SukieTawdry on April 29, 2011 at 2:10 PM

You are a classy guy Ed. Have a great time!

JeffB. on April 29, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Been to Italy and Rome more than a dozen times myself; it’s lovely, especially this time of year.

Bella viaggio, Morriseys! Don’t forget St. Peters, the Vatican museaum, and the Forum.

And do yourself a favor and take up a scientific study of the gelato quality; make sure to check a lot of shops to get a real good sample :)

RocketmanBob on April 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

d1carter on April 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Fine. I was stuck in my place Thursday because the boulevard leading out was flooded. They’re closing the casinos in Tunica for three weeks starting this weekend because they are going to be flooded by the Mississippi River.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Hope you get a nice break from politics and electronic gadgets and enjoy!

scalleywag on April 29, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Dang! I just looked at the picture again and got jealous!

I want to go to Rome! Ed. you braggart…. not really, but that is a good ad for Rome tourism, you should get paid, since more than your family saw it.

petunia on April 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Can you bring me back an Italian man, preferably someone 6’2″, good olive skin, nice body, smart, funny, honest, employed, and with teeth and hair? Thanks.

txag92 on April 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I want to see Ed do an Anita Eckberg. :)

Blake on April 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Hey Ed!!

Love the hat ya sporty SOB!

Hope you’re having fun, be prepared to gain about 30 pounds!!

Tim_CA on April 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Bellissimo. I’m so jealous. Try the authentic foccacia, with tomatoes and olives.

Tacitus on April 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Can you bring me back an Italian man, preferably someone 6’2″, good olive skin, nice body, smart, funny, honest, employed, and with teeth and hair? Thanks.

txag92 on April 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I knew Barney Frank posted here!!!!!

Tim_CA on April 29, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Of course we’re enjoying ourselves at work. What are me, moochers?

Enjoy the well-deserved time off, but leave the gun, take the canolis.

Sorry, had to be said.

DailyDanet on April 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Enjoy yourselves!

tinkerthinker on April 29, 2011 at 4:05 PM

You think Ed will bring us back presents?

Blake on April 29, 2011 at 4:17 PM

The Trevi fountain is so beautiful – more than a photo can convey. In the evening, people just come and sit and look at it while they talk. It doesn’t do anything; it’s just beautiful.

Tzetzes on April 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

If anybody deserves a little down time it is Captain Ed.

Angry Dumbo on April 29, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Besides all the other places that have been mentioned, go to the Pantheon, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.

I hope you hit Florence, Ed. I spent a month there in ’01. Fantastic place.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I’ve been to Florence twice, in 2004 and 2010. There’s a statue of a boar that if you rub, you will return to Florence. It worked.

My 2004 trip included Rome.

Bigfoot on April 29, 2011 at 8:04 PM

There’s a statue of a boar that if you rub, you will return to Florence. It worked.

My 2004 trip included Rome.

Bigfoot on April 29, 2011 at 8:04 PM

If you through a coin into Trevi Fountain then you will return to Rome as well. Ed did you do that?

F15Mech on April 29, 2011 at 11:55 PM

The Trevi fountain is so beautiful – more than a photo can convey. In the evening, people just come and sit and look at it while they talk. It doesn’t do anything; it’s just beautiful.

Tzetzes on April 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I agree but it is not only Trevi, Rome generally speaking is a beautiful place and everyone needs to visit it at least once.

F15Mech on April 29, 2011 at 11:57 PM

And do yourself a favor and take up a scientific study of the gelato quality; make sure to check a lot of shops to get a real good sample :)

RocketmanBob on April 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

LOL, The best gelato (according to my niece/nephew), (I used kids since they are the best critics of gelato) was at Trevi Fountain. (If you look at the pic of Ed above it is off to his the left and down roughly 20ft away.)

Also I have heard that there is a gelato stand outside the Vatican that is rumored to be the best in the city, however I never went there.

While Trastevere was fun the gelato stand there was not the greatest, it was more like ice cream.

F15Mech on April 30, 2011 at 12:11 AM