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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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An Unusual Event

I arrived back in Rome yesterday to mild temperatures, about 10C today. Quite a change from Toronto where it was -10C when I left. I was meeting a friend for lunch on the other side of St. Peter`s Piazza from … Continue reading

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Spreading the Word

Happy New Year to all my readers. I hope that the new year has started out well for all of you. Many people make New Year`s resolutions and in addition to dieting and stopping drinking for a bit, a couple … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas From Toronto

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis might recognize the pictures as I posted a picture of the exact same Christmas tree two years ago. It is situated in one of the largest and most iconic … Continue reading

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Coming up to Christmas in Rome

Like everywhere else, pre-Christmas shopping and socializing are in full swing here. The streets are crowded with shoppers and there are little Christmas markets selling crafts and food. I wondered where this custom of gift-giving had arisen and lo and … Continue reading

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A Visit to Dublin

The last time I was in Dublin about three years ago, I didn’t notice the above spire. I’m not sure why as it is 120 metres tall and soars into the sky; one can just barely see the top. It … Continue reading

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Rome Says Enough!

On Saturday a week ago, there was a demonstration in front of City Hall to protest against the increasing decline in Rome’s infrastructure. There were reportedly around 10,000 people bearing various slogans critical of the Mayor Virginia Raggi and her … Continue reading

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Back in Rome for Better for Worse

I returned to Rome a little over a week ago after Thanksgiving in Canada. From the start of Fall weather in Ontario, going mushroom picking wearing a jacket, to 25C and sunny in Rome. I had to dig out my … Continue reading

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Summer Adventure in Haida Gwaii

I have been back in Canada since July enjoying the summer here with family and friends.  The highlight of my time here so far was a trip to Haida Gwaii, an archipelago 80km west of northern British Columbia and 65km … Continue reading

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