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Views of Vietnam 1: Hanoi to Hoi An

Our group, called ‘Sala Uno’ as our co-ordinator manages a gallery in Rome by that name, consisted of ten people including myself. I didn’t know any of them but got to know them soon enough despite my lack of fluency … Continue reading

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From the Fat into the Fire

When I published my last post about preparing to go to Vietnam and Cambodia, a friend who is also a microbiologist like myself, left a comment saying that I should have titled my post ‘A Microbiologist Goes A-Travelling’. Indeed when … Continue reading

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the Fall of last year, I agreed to join two friends from Rome on a group art tour of Vietnam and Cambodia organized by the curator of a gallery here in Rome. It seemed like an interesting trip at … Continue reading

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Refugee Boats

For several months last year, there was a space in Piazza San Pietro surrounded by boards. When I returned to Rome, the boards had been removed to reveal a large bronze sculpture depicting people on a boat. The people are … Continue reading

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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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