Category Archives: Rome

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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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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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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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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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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