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« I’m toooo young tooo die… »

Eliza was a greeter we hired when we arrived from Rome to Florence. She arranged for our luggage to be collected from the train, and for someone to hail a taxi for us. While we waited she shared with us a lot of personal information. We told her we just needed a taxi to get... Continue Reading →

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When Uptown really is Up…

We were dropping off our friends at the Certaldo train station, when on our way home we noticed at the end of the street, a rail track going directly up the hill in front of us. Suddenly, it jogged my memory about something I had read, I believe in Rick Steves guide to Italy. Of... Continue Reading →

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Thinking of home

It's a cold day in Iano today, well it dipped to 14C, which for early October is still fairly warm. It reminds me of home and the crisp fall air of Ontario. Some leaves are turning yellow here, and the wind and rain from yesterday has scattered some of them, but it is not like... Continue Reading →

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All That Lies in Between

Funny how opposites work. In couples, you often find that opposites attract each other, perhaps to complete one another, finding the Yin to your Yang, or your soul mate as its very often coined. In this couple, the dreamer is well balanced with the analyst, a realist that keeps the spontaneous one grounded. An opposite... Continue Reading →

What Happens in Vegas

I am a big fan of answering when opportunity knocks. Quite by chance we fell upon a short promo/documentary on the Travel channel, of the Red Rock Casino and Resort just outside of the Las Vegas strip. By the end of the 20-minute feature, we had googled the venue and and were making plans to... Continue Reading →

Stopping in San Francisco

Thirty years ago, I came to San Francisco as part of my honeymoon. It was my first visit to the west coast, and to California. The city completely charmed us, as we visited the sights, and took part in local festivities. On our way from LA to Napa Valley, we thought we would stop in... Continue Reading →

Photos of Panama Canal

We went through the Panama Canal on Monday, November 19th, on Day 7 of this 16 day cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas. It took all day to cross the three locks along the Canal. The Gatun locks (pronounced Gatoon) consists of 3 gates, and with each one, the water rises 28... Continue Reading →

National Housing Day – Nov 22

I became aware of Canada's National Housing Day in 2006. At the time, I was working with CMHC - Canada's national housing agency, and local affordable housing advocates had decided to mark November 22 as a day to draw attention to the need for affordable housing in many cities across Canada. I was convinced from... Continue Reading →

Is cruising for you?

We took our first cruise vacation in 2012. It was an exciting trip for my entire family, to mark my parents 50th wedding anniversary. The trip aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas was memorable in so many ways, but we were the only ones in the family to catch the cruise bug. The appeal... Continue Reading →

Barcelona – How can I forget

Barcelona, such a beautiful horizon Barcelona like a jewel in the room If God is willing....If God is willing... We will meet again someday Friends until the end! VIVA BARCELONA! The song Freddie Mercury was supposed to sing with Monserrat Caballé at the opening of the 1992 Olympic Games kept playing in my head. The... Continue Reading →

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