Category Archives: Travel

A Crummy Day in Venice (but not too crummy)

November 14, 2013:  It was a cold, windy, rainy day in Venice, but it was Venice. The gondoliers parked their horses for the night: And the cafes in the square wanted us to sit out in the cold and eat: Even … Continue reading

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A Moment in Time in Italy

I took this photo few weeks ago in Rome. I think it’s the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, but I’m not sure. What I’m shocked at is this—look how big the church is! Look how little the people are! I … Continue reading

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Venice at Night, November 2013

In the winter, Venice is like an abandoned theatre. The play is finished, but the echoes remain.       —Arbit Blatas

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Sunday Morning Thoughts on Italy

I’m lucky enough to be planning another trip to Italy with my mom, leaving in a couple of weeks. Last time I was there, I took a lot of photos of beautiful buildings and sculptures. They’re everywhere you look. The … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Rocks, Just Rocks

Hubby and I went to Puerto Rico a few years ago. We got to walk through a tiny little section of the Puerto Rican Rainforest, where it rains every day (and it did rain during our walk). It was wild and lush, … Continue reading

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Venice Cat Coalition

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The Spanish Steps in Rome

Wandering around Rome last year, we happened upon the Spanish steps—the widest staircase in Europe, built in the 1700’s. We walked all the way to top to go into the church at the top of the 135 steps (one thing you do … Continue reading

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“It Is Enough to Enter” by Todd Boss

Blogger’s Note:  I borrowed this poem from the poetry book “Pitch” by Todd Boss, copyright 2012 by Todd Boss, published by W.W. Norton & Company. It Is Enough to Enter the templar halls of museums, for example, or the chambers of churches, … Continue reading

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The Funny Green Phone in Prague

On our first night in Prague, we stayed in a hotel room with a really funny-looking phone. It’s so ugly that it’s cute, and I want to share it with you today: Since that trip in 2007, I’ve been on … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Springtime in Europe (or anywhere)

January 29, 2013 BAD NEWS FIRST It’s winter in Minnesota, so it’s cold, snowy, icy, generally miserable, and almost uninhabitable. Tomorrow, our high temp is forecasted to be 1 degree Fahrenheit. My driveway is pure ice. NOW, FOR THE GOOD NEWS … Continue reading

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