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 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 Childhood Rome

  After an almost 1 1/2 year hiatus, here I am again.  With several projects on the go, besides work and ministry, I needed to give those my full attention.  Now I’m semi-retired and will be using my blogs to generate residual income, while at the same time celebrating sights and sounds on my wanderings. […]

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 About Around Christmas

We were spoiled with mild weather until mid-November.  Trees were still dressed in different shades of gold, red and brown.  It was so mild that my neighbor’s magnolia tree was starting to bud with new life, just as confused as the rest of nature! Suddenly temperatures dropped and we had to bundle up. That wasn’t […]

Early Spring Explosion and Easter Joy

Unlike last year when winter was long and cold, and spring never seemed to arrive, this year it is the exact opposite. Winter was non-existent to speak of.  We had mostly mild weather with a couple of days of snow.  Just to remind us, we had a day of crazy weather the second last week […]

Should I Accept the Christmas Invitation?

It’s the season of gift-giving, celebrations, and yes, stress and hectic pressure also. Most of the world celebrates: companies have Christmas parties; communities provide plays and festive carol singing; churches offer Christmas pageantry, carols, concerts and joyous events; and of course, families get together for merriment and Christmas cheer. For many it evokes pictures of […]

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 […]

Of Maypoles, Trees, and Holy Traditions

SPRING….. at last! Or so we thought.  On an exuberant first of May, we were caressed by the sun and enjoyed open air celebrations with traditional food and hoempapa  music.  The rest of the month the sun played games of hide and seek. Unrelenting rain tempests and laden skies dampened our spirits and tried our […]

Easter Musings from the Ulm Region

The first signs of spring were in the air as  testified this picture.  Wonderful… Finally… Alas, it was short-lived.The last gasps of winter still clamoured for attention and we’ve been mercilessly greeted by more snow, rain and below seasonal temperatures.  Forecasters are promising warmer weather soon and a hot summer; we’ll see.  Meanwhile we just […]