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 […]

A Look into the Past–the Other Perspective

Having related all that is wonderful and good in Germany, I cannot overlook the unpleasant past and pretend it didn’t happen. This has probably been the hardest post to write.  How can I attempt to relate neutrally some of the darkest events in Germany’s and the world’s history?  Yet, to my surprise, when mentioning Flossenburg, […]