Old to New Year’s Wanderings

Christmas was a cosy celebration together with my second son and his family in Antwerp, Belgium. My son, together with his wife’s brother, cooked up a storm and we were regaled to a scrumptious multi-course spread; oysters, freshly-made soup, tagliatelle and cappelletti (similar to tortellini), and the list goes on. All the rest of us […]

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 […]