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Slow Food and Tango in Pescara

Friends of mine Anne and Leslie from Ireland signed up for a tango holiday in Pescara organized by a tango teacher Simona Zaino who is Italian and lives in Dublin. They planned to spend a few days visiting me in … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Surprise

I had invited a friend over for a late lunch a couple of days ago and was lying on my bed reading after I had cleared up when my phone pinged. Luckily, I looked at it straight away which I … Continue reading

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A Trip to Emilia-Romagna

First of all thank you to the readers who wrote me messages of encouragement about my blog. It’s nice to know that people enjoy it.  I will continue until there’s nothing more to write about. I have been back in … Continue reading

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Blogger’s Block

I have been in Toronto for almost a month now and although there’s been no shortage of stuff to write about, I have lost the urge somehow. When I started this blog in 2012, I had just moved to Rome … Continue reading

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An Early Easter

Easter is upon us and though I know that it is very early this year, the timing seems out of joint since it is not as warm as usual in Rome for this time of year. Normally, cherry blossoms are … Continue reading

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Snow in Rome

I woke up this morning with a sense of disorientation when I saw the trees outside my window covered with snow. For a few seconds, I thought I was back in Toronto. A good few inches of snow fell during … Continue reading

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Picasso in Rome

After the brutal weather in Toronto, I was quite glad to return to Rome where it feels like spring. One of my favourite things in January is seeing this Mimosa tree in full bloom on my way to the market. … Continue reading

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Hello 2018

A very happy New Year to all my readers. Brutally cold temperatures in Toronto and other parts of Ontario dampened New Year’s Eve celebrations. The annual outdoor party outside City Hall in Toronto was condensed  and actually cancelled in Ottawa … Continue reading

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Symbol of Christmas

Queen’s Park, Toronto The year seems to be ending with remarkable similarity to how it started. In January, I  unexpectedly spent a night in Philadelphia on my way from Toronto to Rome.  I ended up enjoying this diversion as  I … Continue reading

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Christmas Season Starts in Rome

December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is the official start of the Christmas season in Rome. It is a holiday and and on this day, all the public Christmas trees are illuminated and the Christmas lights on Via … Continue reading

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