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Travel theme: Round

I’m still a little enchanted by the magic of Brian Boru’s fort, with its rounded earthen walls guarded by a ring of trees, so I went looking for a few more rounded photos I’ve taken on my travels. First up, the … Continue reading

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Looking for Brian Ború – Killaloe

April 23rd 2014 marks the thousandth anniversary of the death of a legendary High King of Ireland. Every Irish person, child and adult alike, is familiar with the name of Brian Ború; his stance against the Vikings and his death at the Battle of … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Clean

I’ve just been catching up on the week’s news and I audibly (and, it turns out, appropriately) gasped when I read this article in The Guardian about Beijing’s pollution crisis and canned air – or the alternative, bagged mountain air as … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Misty

It is the middle of the night as I write this and a thick fog has descended outside, muffling sounds, dimming streetlights to a whisper and smudging the surrounding countryside into dark, indecipherable daubs of smoke. This is my favourite kind of weather, … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Statues

After my brief encounter with Rome’s talking statues, I went looking for other memorable statues I have found on my travels. I will never forget the heartwarming statue of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, erected in memory of a faithful Skye … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Pink

After a long and arduous winter that felt like it was never going to end, yesterday marked the vernal equinox up here in the northern hemisphere. As if to mark the occasion, when I was out walking yesterday, a solitary, … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Gardens

My visit to the Giardino degli Aranci got me pondering the subject of gardens. There were no flower beds or herbaceous borders in that gentle garden on the Aventine, but there was an intimacy and charm within those walls that made it … Continue reading

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View from the Orange Grove

What comes to mind when you think of Rome? Spectacular art, ancient ruins, palaces and fountains top the list, but for me, my abiding memory of Rome will be of oranges. My friend Karen invited me to stay with her … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Tempting

As the witty wordsmith Oscar Wilde once said, I can resist everything but temptation. I have been failing miserably to resist the temptations Rome has to offer, indulging in decadent pizza… … and luscious gelato. There are many other things … Continue reading

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La Bocca della Verità

At the foot of Rome‘s Aventine Hill, not far for the Tiber River, lies a medieval church by the name of Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin. It was built in the 8th century but revamped in the 12th century when … Continue reading

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