Category Archives: Rome

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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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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‘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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Climate Change

(click on pictures to enlarge) Our Thanksgiving in Canada was just a little over a week ago. I spent it at my sister’s cottage in south west Ontario. A rural area full of apple orchards, pumpkin fields and other harvest … Continue reading

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Open Doors

(click on pictures to enlarge) This is the Jubilee Year in Rome. The Porta Santa or Holy Door to the Papal basilicas, of which there are four in Rome including St. Peters, have been opened for pilgrims to walk through. … Continue reading

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A Summer Delight

(click on pictures to enlarge) I’m glad to be in Rome at this particular time as the summer opera season at the Terme di Caracalla has just begun. The venue is spectacular and to sit there outdoors watching opera is … Continue reading

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