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Random Sights

Spring has well and truly sprung. The flowering trees are spectacular and there are spring flowers in bloom in all the parks and gardens. The weather has also gotten warmer and it is truly a pleasure walking around and in … Continue reading

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Languishing in Lockdown

Living life in lockdown seems to have become the norm as there is no talk of when it might end. Our Covid numbers are decreasing slowly and the government has initiated faster vaccinations in highly affected areas but given that … 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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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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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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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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An Unexpected Surprise

I had invited a friend over for a late lunch a couple of days ago and was lying on my bed reading after I had cleared up when my phone pinged. Luckily, I looked at it straight away which I … Continue reading

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Blogger’s Block

I have been in Toronto for almost a month now and although there’s been no shortage of stuff to write about, I have lost the urge somehow. When I started this blog in 2012, I had just moved to Rome … Continue reading

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