Getting lost in Venice

Before visiting Venice in 2004, I studied guidebooks to learn the Vaporetto routes and the location of the churches and museums. I packed a map with all of the calles, campos and palazzos noted, confident that I’d be able to navigate my way around the city. I had my map, but no idea where I […]

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My New Life- Part One

My move date was March 30. I had been packing and purging since January. And then the pandemic hit. I was afraid that my movers wouldn’t be allowed to work and I would have no place to live. But they came through on that rainy Monday morning. “Social distancing” was a new concept and we […]

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Tuscany 2020

Something new is in the air… Meet Arianna and Alessio of KM Zero Tours! For the past few years, I have been meeting with my friends Arianna and Alessio who own and operate  KM Zero Tours (Kilometer Zero Tours). Their philosophy meshes well with mine; get to know the people, the small villages, the local […]

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Firenze, Bologna, Vallombrossa and Fiesole

It seems to rain almost every day but It does not distract from the beauty of Tuscany and good times with friends.  Let’s start with Firenze And now we are in Bologna to see Tiffany Poon.  We stayed with  Cristina and Luca, in the mountains above the Vallombrosa Abby and a day trip to Certaldo […]

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Roman Holiday

When my good friends, Carolyn and Larry invited me to stay with them in   Trastevere I  said “yes!” What a wonderful vacation from my vacation! An unexpected surprise: the Globe and Mail wrote to me that they accepted one of my stories for their “First Person” column. My piece is a nostalgic look at the […]

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