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The Start of 2020 in Rome

I’ve been back in Rome for just under two weeks now. The weather has been beautiful since I got back with sunshine and blue skies except for an odd day of rain. As in previous years, I can’t resist posting … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2019

As I walked past St. Peter’s Basilica a couple of weeks ago, the Christmas tree lights were turned on, it was a magical moment. There are two giant Christmas trees in Rome, one at St. Peter’s and the other at … Continue reading

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Urbino: Birthplace of Raphael

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael Sanzio, the celebrated painter and architect of the Renaissance. He was born in Urbino in the Marche region which is not easily reached from Rome so when I got … Continue reading

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American Thanksgiving in Bologna

I didn’t grow up celebrating Thanksgiving so it doesn’t mean too much to me. However, I do enjoy Canadian Thanksgiving as it is in early October when all the vegetables grown over the summer are harvested for the winter so … Continue reading

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Visit to Vesuvius

Following our stay in Capri, our plan was to spend 3 days in Sorrento using it as a base to visit Amalfi and Positano. My sister likes gardens and I wanted to take her to Ravello where there are two … Continue reading

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Capri in November

We had summer weather in Rome all through October at which point my sister in Toronto decided to join me for a walking holiday on Capri and the Amalfi coast. As soon as she booked her flights, the weather forecast … Continue reading

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No Tourists in This Roman Neighbourhood

I’ve been back in Rome for a couple of weeks and it’s still more or less summer here with temperatures in the mid-20s. The first Sunday I was back, I was invited to join a tour to a less well … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Climate Change Protest March

Climate change protests called Fridays for Future have been taking place on Fridays since 15 year old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish Parliament every school day for 3 weeks in August 2018 to protest against the lack … Continue reading

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A Quiet Summer in Toronto

Summer has ended and some of you might be wondering why I haven’t posted anything since June. I have been in Toronto enjoying a quiet time with occasional visits to cottages in the country, and there hasn’t been much to … Continue reading

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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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