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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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How Did I Find Myself Here?

(click on pictures to enlarge) My flight to Rome involved a stop in Philadelphia. When I got there in the evening, the boarding gate was jammed with people and the airline staff were pleading for volunteers to give up their … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2017

(click on pictures to enlarge) Happy New Year to all my Readers. I wish you all a year of serenity, joy and good health. In these times of increasing uncertainty, I hope for more enlightenment in our world and I … Continue reading

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Tidbits on Christmas from Toronto

(click on pictures to enlarge) It was 15 C and sunny when I left Rome. The weekend before I left I met a friend for an aperitivo which we enjoyed sitting outside with a grand view of the Valentino building … Continue reading

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‘No’ Means?

(click on pictures to enlarge) The ‘No’ result of the referendum held a few days ago has created political turmoil in Italy. The referendum was on whether or not changes to the constitution should go ahead. As it stands, it … Continue reading

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More Than Just the Leaning Tower in Pisa

(click on pictures to enlarge) Loris and I never got around to visiting Pisa although we always mean’t to go. The train to Pisa goes from a train station that’s just five minutes from our apartment and we always thought … Continue reading

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Troubling Times and More on Morocco

(click on pictures to enlarge) I’m back in Rome and have been busy with guests including my sister Florinda since I got back a little over a week ago. It was nice to have people here during these sad and … Continue reading

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