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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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Pain in Paradise

Although I live in a central part of the city here in Rome, my apartment is in a quiet neighbourhood with lots of trees. It is on top of a small hill and I always felt like I was in … Continue reading

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News From Goa

(click on pictures to enlarge) It is┬ávery hot and humid in Goa right now but there are lots of tourists here nevertheless. The majority are domestic tourists from other parts of India celebrating Diwali holidays when the schools are closed. … Continue reading

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On The Move

(click on pictures to enlarge) These are the feet of a presumed royal Egyptian figure dating from the 3rd century BC. It is all that remains of the colossal figure together with the base which contains a hieroglyphic script and … Continue reading

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Birthday Adventure

(click on pictures to enlarge) My sister gave me an exciting present for my birthday, a ziplining ecotour with Long Point Adventure Tours in southwest Ontario. To keep me company, she included her two children and son-in-law, and took on … Continue reading

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Talk About Trees

(click on pictures to enlarge) On a recent visit to Vancouver, I came across a totem pole in the Van Dusen Gardens. Totem poles can serve as monuments, memorials or sign posts and often have stories carved onto them. This … Continue reading

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Toronto Tidbits

(click on pictures to expand) Apologies to my readers yet again for my long silence. I returned to Toronto about a month ago and have just been lazy about writing. It was a real pleasure to leave Rome as it … Continue reading

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The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

(click on pictures to enlarge) Last week, while Canadians were celebrating Canada Day weekend, the Romans were celebrating the feast of Saints Peter and Paul which is on June 29th. The feast is of ancient origin and there are accounts … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice at the Pantheon

(click on pictures to enlarge) Last week on the day of the summer solstice, June 21st, I decided to go to the Pantheon. The Pantheon is one of the most amazing buildings of all time. Built by the Emperor Hadrian … Continue reading

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Old and New Sights in Paris

(click on pictures to enlarge) I know Paris fairly well having lived there for six months many years ago. However, I hadn’t been there for years so when two good friends who live there both persuaded me to visit, I … Continue reading

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