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A funny thing happened on the way to the Vatican

I was almost at the end of my visit to Rome and Vatican City seemed to be getting impatient¬†with me for not having visited straight away. The great dome of St Peter’s Basilica floated defiantly into sight over rooftops, down … Continue reading

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A rose by any other name

You can’t get very far in Rome without being offered a rose. While the unexpected gesture may bring a smile to your face, it is actually a rather notorious Roman scam, unsurprisingly dubbed the Rose Scam. A man with a … Continue reading

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4th of July

I have just finished celebrating Independence Day in Seattle. Instead of facing the insanity of Gasworks Park where Seattle’s main fireworks display takes place; my pal Sylvia, her hubby Brian and I made our way to Magnuson Park along the … Continue reading

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Travel theme: New

There’s something quite wonderful about the start of a new year. Around the world customs have developed to drive away the bad spirits of the old year and make way for the good times up ahead. We call upon the … Continue reading

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My favourite Christmas tree

I’ve seen all manner of impressive Christmas trees this year, from tall and theatrical to small and sweet. Fir, pine, spruce and artificial; some of them elegantly dressed in all white or blue and silver; others a delightful jumble of … Continue reading

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Dialogue in the dark

I don’t have a single photograph to show of the most extraordinary exhibit I’ve ever experienced, because it took place in complete darkness. Upon arrival at the exhibit today, our group were first asked to check any items we were … Continue reading

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4 things you should know about St. Patrick’s Day

It’s that time of year when green tinsel starts to sprout mysteriously from local taverns and oversized green hats emblazoned with shamrocks fill the shelves of the local deli. Saint Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, and it is enough … Continue reading

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