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The Tiber River, Il Tevere

(click on pictures to enlarge) Summer has arrived. In the last few days, daytime temperatures have been close to 30C. The Romans have shed their coats and boots and donned their sandals. There is also a fashion for funky sneakers … Continue reading

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Roman Spring

(click on pictures to enlarge) Where has the time gone? I seem to have slowed down even more than usual so it feels like the days go by faster. Any how, apologies to my readers for being so out of … Continue reading

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A Persian Wedding

(click on pictures to enlarge) I’ve been back in Toronto for a few weeks where the weather has been dismal and hard to take after Cuba and Rome. However, the gloom was brightened by an exciting event in our family. … Continue reading

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Cuban Farming and Crops

(click on pictures to enlarge) One of the things which struck me as we drove through the Cuban countryside was the amount of land lying fallow, 2.5 million arable acres sitting idle, I was told.  Given that Cuba imports 70 … Continue reading

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Cuba: Nature’s Delights

(click on pictures to enlarge) The majority of tourists to Cuba spend the best part of their time at a beach resort and so did I, many years ago. One of the reasons I went on this trip was because … Continue reading

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Cuba Tour: A Glimpse of Havana

(click on pictures to enlarge) Several months ago, my sister suggested that I might like to join a Nature Tour of Cuba organized by the Norfolk Naturalists of Southern Ontario. No not the ones who walk around naked (those are … Continue reading

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On the Move

(click on pictures to enlarge) I have joined a bookclub here in Rome and the first meeting I went to, was a discussion of ‘The Optician of Lampedusa’, by Emma Jane Kirby. The book is based on a true story … Continue reading

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Phrase for 2017: Alternative Facts

(click on pictures to enlarge) Since I don’t have to get up early and rush to work, one of the things I enjoy first thing in the morning is having my coffee in bed while reading the news online. I … Continue reading

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What a Week!

(click on pictures to enlarge)  Central Italy, Image Origin: USGS Map, CNN The earthquakes in Abruzzo, central Italy, have caused havoc coming so soon after the previous ones in August and October. I was pottering around at home on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Cold in Rome!

(click on pictures to enlarge) I arrived in Rome a week ago to be greeted by temperatures similar to Toronto. The water in all the fountains had frozen and long icicles were to be seen hanging off the edges. Icy … Continue reading

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