Category Archives: Italy

Trying to Leave. And Failing

Sadly, holidaying in Italy had to end. We had 3 nights in Florence,┬áin the city, and for our final morning we decided to do a bit of shopping, a bit of eating and a little bit of basilica gazing before … Continue reading

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A Woman with Passionate Intensity

When I was in high school, I remember hearing about a talented young artist who was raped by her teacher and how the consequences of bringing him to trial and justice overflowed into her painting. I had forgotten her name, … Continue reading

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Waiting in Lines

As June drew to a close and we spent our last few days in Italy, we seemed to spend a considerable amount of time waiting in queues. It could be considered practice, for the popular London sport of forming a … Continue reading

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Sculpture For All

Florence. I fell in love with this city, the golden sunlight, the beautiful buildings, the fascinating history and the ultimate in Renaissance art collections. We arrived in the heat of a baking summer’s afternoon, after a quick stop at the … Continue reading

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Siena. Sun Soaked & Delicious

Looking back at our days in Siena from the overcast Isle of Britain, I remember the heat, and the smell of Siena. Ripe tomatoes and garlic, the bluest steak I have ever had and the amazing Chianti (wine of the … Continue reading

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Pantheon & The Death of Julius Caesar

I was thinking today that it’s the last day of July and what has happened in the last month… And how far behind I am in blogging! Life in London is fun, frustrating (no jobs for librarians apparently!) and the … Continue reading

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Queen of Roads

One of the things I will remember with clarity about Rome is the hot summer sunshine beating down on ancient stones. I grew up with summers that are so hot that the bitumen melts and you get sunburnt in 10 … Continue reading

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St Peter and his Churches

When I was in Italy, it was interesting the way I viewed the extensive religious art, churches, basilicas and overall general Catholic nature of this fabulous country. The religious buildings (of which there are thousands in Roma alone!) hold beautiful … Continue reading

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A Grand Scale

The ticket to the Colosseum includes the archaeological site of the Palatine Hill and the Forum Romana. And while these ruins are not as intact and imposing as the gladiatorial arena, I found that my notions of ancient Rome and … Continue reading

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Veni Vidi Amazi

Isn’t it amazing? Apart from part of an aqueduct viewed from the train, this was my first Rome sight – and it was incredible. Only a 10 minute walk away from our hostel, Ciak Hostel – Recommended. More like a … Continue reading

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