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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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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 very 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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