Castel Satn'Angelo

Wandering Castel Sant’Angelo

Hadrian’s Mausoleum Hadrian’s last resting place proves to be an unassailable fortress that over the centuries withstood wars and incursions. Over time the Mausoleum came to be known as Castel Sant’Angelo. Castel Sant’Angelo The most poignant story about the castle dates from the late 6th, early 7th Centuries. Rome lies in ruins, the city is […]

Wandering the Seven Hills of Rome

The first four days of our 10-day trip we stayed at an apartment, about a ten minutes walk from the nearest metro station and a couple of blocks from a bus stop. It was ideal. We arrived early afternoon. Aside from an unexpected and gruelling, fast-paced 3-hour tour by our landlord, we had had in […]

Wandering Vatican City

Last I was in Rome as an adult was 20-25 years ago. I have no memories of visiting the Vatican; there are so many other historical buildings and locations to see that the Vatican wasn’t really on my radar. This time however I wanted a Vatican experience. My friend wished to celebrate her 60th. birthday […]

Wandering through Herrnhut, Saxony

When the opportunity came to meet with my second brother, whom I hadn’t seen for more than six years, we agreed to meet half-way. He lives in Poland so we each travelled around 600 Km to Herrnhut in Saxony.  The area holds special interest for me, since I researched and wrote about Count von Zinzendorf […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part Two

As mentioned in my previous post, Augsburg’s population is 259,196 and is renowned as a centre for gold and silver. After exploring the Fuggerei and its bunker, Jackson and I wandered back to the centre to visit Town Hall. The Renaissance-style Town Hall was built in the 1600s, its showpiece, the magnificent Goldene Saal, is […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part One

City of Fugger, and of Gold- and Silversmiths – the lasting influence of one family. Here I thought that Augsburg was going to be just another boring city…. Wrong! When Jackson, my friend and fellow seminary-graduate came to visit from Hong-Kong, sightseeing Augsburg was one of the requests.  I don’t regret having gone there. There […]

Wandering Antwerp and Family Fun

While spending time with my grandchildren, I took out a couple of hours to visit my long-time friend, Lia. We went into the heart of Antwerp, the second largest city in Belgium.  We wandered its Medieval streets and decided to catch up over lunch at a 16th. Century restaurant called “Het Hofke”(The Little Garden). Renovated but respecting […]

The Generations that Witnessed it all

Call it the Baby-boomers, the Greatest Generation,  the worst generation, etc. Fact is, the Boomers, and all its various sub-groups, at the heels of the Silent Generation (WWI), are the ones who witnessed the most world-changing events, inventions and revolutionary phenomena over a 70-80-year period. Let’s have a pictorial mini wander in time at the, […]

Discovering my Maternal Roots… sort of

The comforting early morning warmth greeted me as I left St. Anthony Guesthouse where I roomed during my stay in Assisi. The Sisters of Atonement, an American Franciscan order, had prepared some fruit to take along on my travel south.  When I booked (in Italian) I thought I was dealing with an Italian run convent.  […]

Wandering Assisi

Leaving the magic and serene beauty of the Dolomite range, I left the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo with rain pelting the car ceaselessly until I neared Florence where it was clear and sunny.  My journey to visiting my mom’s birthplace was in it’s second phase. I didn’t have to regret giving up mountainous hairpin curves […]