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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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Amalfi Coast Adventure

(click on pictures to enlarge) When my friends Wayne and Peter from Toronto came to visit and proposed that I join them on a trip to the Amalfi Coast, I was delighted to do so as I had not seen … Continue reading

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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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