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[one’s idea]

March 5, 2014


one’s idea of paradise is a matter of perspective: one day it’s a little town on a hill by the sea in Italy… then one day it’s as simple as anywhere with you.

T.O. to NYC: Flipsides

February 17, 2013


She took a step and didn’t want to take any more, but she did. ― Markus Zusak, ‘The Book Thief’ Last night, I switched on the tv and there was a movie about Rome on. It reminded me of my last trip there and I started to hyperventilate because I was gripped by this indescribable, […]

Of a Gazillion Flights, Beautiful Things, & Mishappenings

September 26, 2012


My kind, soulful, interesting, generous readers, lend me your brilliance. I do not know what to write about. Is it a mental or writer’s block? I don’t think so. I did try writing, but the stuff that oozed out (yuck! I hate the word oozed. But it fits here.) was so personal that I didn’t […]

In Rome: Untitled; or, a Sliver of Paradise

January 10, 2012


When I jaywalked in Rome I always knew that if I were to get hit by a car, at least the odds were that it would be an Audi or a Mercedes. There was undeniable comfort in the knowledge that delicious food lurked at every corner and one could satisfy one’s palate while sight-seeing without […]

In Rome: Arrivederci, Amore…

January 9, 2012


When I’d taken a flight to the US from Spain last year there was an extra security check conducted by US border security officials, after the regular security check and just before entering the gate. I remember finding it a real pain because they went through all your carry-on bags and you had to take […]

In Rome: Eat, Drink and, For Goodness’ Sake, Eat Some More While You Can

January 7, 2012


These posts are being back-dated, yes, but they were written in the leather-covered journal (nothing less for collecting memories of a city so lovely) I had carried with me on the trip when I couldn’t get to the Internet. This one was written as I stayed up on Saturday night to leave in the early […]

In Rome: Where the Skies are a Different Shade of Blue

January 5, 2012


Waking up early feels good when you have the freedom to make the choice to wake up late. I wake up early because it can give me plenty of time to get ready, have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and head out to a bright, sunny, cheerful morning. But neither museums nor shops are […]

In Rome: There Once Were Lands Without Cellphones. And Internet.

January 4, 2012


“Be careful what you wish for,” they say. I had started giving in to technology when I discovered that Ovi maps on my cellphone would give me turn-by-turn walking directions. I had never loved my phone more. As much as I enjoy exploring cities with conventional maps, trying to find street names by guessing where […]

In Rome: When here…

January 3, 2012


…take it easy. And enjoy the detours. It’s what I had to tell myself yesterday when my camera’s battery died out of the blue. It didn’t give me a low battery warning when I was using it the day before. (Although common sense dictates that using a camera continuously for a week means the battery […]

In Rome: Snippets

January 1, 2012


I see very few bright colours around. And when I do see them I know they must be tourists. I feel most comfortable here in neutrals or subdued shades of any colour. I was wearing mustard yellow tights with a knee-length skirt today and people stared at them a little too much. I mean, almost […]

In Rome: Happy New Ye–Oooh, Champagne in My Hair!

January 1, 2012


New year’s eve is always surrounded by too much hype. Ergo, that one poor night of the year with so much pressure on it to deliver a fantastic time is always a let-down. In fact, by 2009 I had officially given up on celebrating it. Maybe it was the people I chose to surround myself […]

In Rome: In Pompeii: Don’t Travel With Me: It Rains

December 30, 2011


I think I’ve mentioned before that it rains at least once whenever and wherever I’m on vacation. Always. Without fail. A personal vacation forecast would show at least one day with 100% chance of rain. And so it did. A bad day for it too because it rained in Pompeii during the day trip there […]

In Rome: In Romeo’s Country…

December 29, 2011


I cannot believe the sheer magnificence of the city’s treasures that I completely missed last time. Today began with a visit to the The Galleria Borghese. The very first piece we, the tour group with a really knowledgeable guide, saw was Bernini’s baroque Rape of Persephone. I have no words to describe how brilliant this piece […]

In Rome: Slow Down and Smell the Abundance of Fountains

December 28, 2011


I pulled a Carrie Bradshaw early in the day. Not the good kind. The falling-face-down-in-Dior kind. But not that bad. That would be a mortifying, embarrassing moment. Let’s hope we never, ever have one of those. Before spending the evening at the Trevi Fountain (It could well be called a city of fountains. Or is it already […]

In Rome: In Florence: Day Trip: Not Enough. Also, Jet Lag

December 27, 2011


It was probably a result of all the walking around after a fairly long journey, but I was very tired last night so I thought I’d go to bed early. Besides, I had a very early start the next day. I had to be ready to leave by 7 am. I set my cellphone’s alarm […]

In Rome: So That’s What a Sunrise Looks Like

December 26, 2011


I have seen a sunrise before. Those who know me to be a late riser may not believe it, but I have. Several times, in fact. What I had never seen before was a sunrise from a unique vantage point: Up in the air. And that’s the first thing I saw in Rome. A peach […]

Your Special Day

December 17, 2011


WordPress‘s Freshly Pressed is a wonderful page and it did something wonderful for me today. It showed me this post: Christmas Birthdays Are A Rip Off « Smiling Mommy Blog and this post made me smile. The ones who commented on it agreed so whole-heartedly with the author’s suggestion, they made me grin. It all […]

lighter note: dilemma resolved

December 15, 2011


My dilemma has been resolved. (In case you didn’t get that from the title…) The trip will be spent entirely in Rome. I spent a week in Seville, Spain, last year and found it to be a wonderful way to really get a feel of the place. I hope a couple of weeks in Rome will […]

Roman Holiday

December 8, 2011


Every once in a while we need a change of scenery to provide a distraction and to help gain a different perspective on things. Somewhere deep, deep within, I’m sure that’s the reason for this whirlwind trip. Or that’s the spin I’m going to put on it anyway!  Reasons are immaterial at the moment! Let’s […]


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