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Random thoughts about living in Rome

‘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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Changing Seasons

(click on pictures to enlarge) We’ve had beautiful weather in Toronto but there are clear signs that summer has come to an end, The nights are getting cooler and there is a feeling of seasonal change in the air. I … Continue reading

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Toronto in August

(click on pictures to enlarge) Apologies to my readers for this long silence. I have been back in Toronto since the beginning of August. The weather here is warm and sunny without being too hot and I have been enjoying … 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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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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Reflections on Solitude and Loneliness

(click on pictures to enlarge) After my guests left, the apartment felt empty and silent and I missed having company. Although I enjoy my solitude and don’t need to be with people all the time, I felt a bit lonely. … Continue reading

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Cast Off!

(click on pictures to enlarge) My cast was removed on Friday after close to a month but I have to continue using crutches for another two weeks to keep the weight off my injured foot. I can’t describe how wonderful … 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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