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The Bridges of Rome

It is very hot in Rome at the moment so last week, when a friend invited me to the launch of a book written by a relative of hers, I wasn’t too keen on being trapped in a hot bookstore. … Continue reading

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Pentecost at the Pantheon

For many years, I have been wanting to go to the Pantheon on Pentecost Sunday and this year I decided to do it. Pentecost was a week ago on Sunday, June 8th. I had marked the date on my wall … Continue reading

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A Visit to Veneto

Receiving holy communion for the first time is an important rite in the Catholic Church and usually takes place when a child is about 7 to 10 years old. Considered as a milestone, it is an important day in Italy, … Continue reading

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Cynthia and Me

Our beloved sister Cynthia left this earthly realm on May 1st. I am so sad that I can’t continue this blog without talking about the influence she had on my life. We are ( I guess I should say were) … Continue reading

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Easter Eggs and Migrating Birds

I hope you all had a happy Easter. I flew back to Toronto for Easter and spent it at my sister’s cottage in southwest Ontario. Not as sunny and warm as in Rome but we had a good time nevertheless, … Continue reading

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A Trip to Matera

Every year, a different town or region constructs the nativity scene (presepio) in the Piazza outside St. Peter’s Basilica and it is usually designed to reflect some aspect of the region. A few years ago, the city of Matera, which … Continue reading

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The Villa Farnese at Caprarola

After visiting Bomarzo, we still had a good chunk of the afternoon so we decided to visit the Villa Farnese at Caprarola which is not too far from Bomarzo. The Farnese family who were landowners in this part of the … Continue reading

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Bomarzo Gardens

My sister and brother-in-law, who are keen gardeners, came to visit me in the last two weeks. They have been to Rome several times and were interested in seeing some of the gardens outside Rome, their first choice being Bomarzo … Continue reading

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St. Peter’s Tomb

I was very fortunate last week to be invited on a guided tour to see the necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica. A friend of mine had a special invitation from her bank to join a private tour and she invited … Continue reading

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Nothing Much

I know I have featured the above flowering mimosa in previous years but Icouldnt resist another picture. January was a wet and horrible month here. It rained almost every day without fail which is unusual in Rome. It does rain … Continue reading

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