Wandering Ancient Rome

With our Roma Pass, we traipsed three days all over ancient Rome. The pass allows speedier access through a separate entrance at the archeological sites, without having to wait in the long line-ups. The pass also grants additional entrance discounts and free public transport. We took the three-day pass, which suited our purpose. Wandering Back […]

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 Mantova

This post comes with apologies for the delay, as the past weeks were filled with last-minute revisions to my upcoming book Hijacked! Idols in Disguise, and the launch of a faith course for the surrounding area. Mantua, Lombardy We made our way to Mantua under a steel-gray sky,  It was jus one of those days […]

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.  […]

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, […]