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 […]

Wandering Bavaria

Bavaria 70,549.44 km2 (approx. 27,239 sq. mi.) – Population 12.6 million (December 2011) Bavaria is the largest (and  independent) state in Germany – officially named  Free-state of Bavaria;  takes up  20% land surface. Its size is equivalent to the Province of Ontario. As mentioned in previous posts, I’m only a hop from the Bavarian border and […]