Category Archives: Italy

Travels in Italy

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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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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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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60 km in Four Days

(click on pictures to enlarge) My foot has healed well I think, since I walked 60 km in 4 days this past week. Two more friends from Dublin came on a visit and the first day, we somehow covered 15 … Continue reading

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A Momentous May 21st

(click on pictures to enlarge) May 21st has always been a special day for me as it is Loris’ birthday. He would have been 68 this year. The only request he had made regarding his funeral arrangements was that the … Continue reading

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The Italian Healthcare System

(click on pictures to enlarge) Living in a foreign country, one doesn’t become familiar with the healthcare system unless the need arises. Unfortunately, the need arose and I’ve found more about healthcare in Italy in the past month than I … Continue reading

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Auguri di Buona Pasqua

(click on pictures to enlarge) Easter or Pasqua is a big festival in Italy. It marks the end of Lent which consists of 40 days of prayer, fasting and abstinence. Not that too many lay people take that seriously but … Continue reading

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Rome’s 21st Marathon

(click on pictures to enlarge) It’s a bit late to be talking about the marathon as it happened a week ago on Sunday March 22nd but it was interesting and I thought that those of my readers who are runners … Continue reading

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Pasta Rules

(click on pictures to enlarge) Until I met Fidz, my idea of eating pasta was to make a sauce and to simply open my kitchen cupboard and choose whichever pasta might be on the shelf to go with it.  Wrong. … Continue reading

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Urban Birdwatching

(click on pictures to enlarge) Every few days there’s a raucous squawking outside our window and we see these green parakeets picking berries or bursting open pomegranates on the trees outside. It still takes me by surprise as seeing parrots … Continue reading

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