Category Travel

Walking The Urban Forest

I have at times raved about Ottawa’s urban forest and the relaxing walking trails to be found, hundreds of kilometres of them. Ottawa though isn’t unique. On Saturday in Freiburg (Germany) we discovered a local forest, which, if not as extensive as Ottawa’s did give a nice respite from the sun on a very warm […]

Stumbling Stones

They are a common sight in German cities. So common they are easy to ignore. The weather was a little frosty Sunday, but that didn’t stop us taking a walk through the old section of Freiburg. It is an historic section of the city, with many buildings proudly displaying dates from five centuries ago. I […]

Largely Forgotten

I went for a walk in the neighborhood and got slapped in the face by history. Almost knocked me over. It wasn’t in Sulzburg where history can go back a millennium, but Rome where recorded history can take you back 3,000 years. We were just wandering through the neighborhood where my son and his wife […]

Trevi Fountain

I should apologize. I put the cart ahead of the horse this week. It was only as I was scheduling Wednesday’s post that I realized I had never shared my pictures of Rome’s Trevi Fountain. I promised then I would get some of those to you soon. Trevi Fountain is a tourist magnet and a […]

Sex Education

You thought you knew all about the birds and the bees, but what about the moths? That probably wasn’t even on the curriculum! You never know what you will learn when you are out for a walk. My wife pointed out this red wire to me yesterday as we took an early morning walk through […]

Return To Trevi Fountain

  Been there, done that. Why do we keep going back? It might have something to do with the beauty of the sculptures. Or that being near water somehow makes a hot Rome day seem a little cooler. Whatever the reason, whether it is your first trip to Rome or your 101st, Trevi seems to […]

Church Facades

  My family tolerates my affinity for church buildings. But they don’t indulge me. In Rome that might be a good thing, given the number of churches in the city – more than 900. If we stopped to check out each one we passed by, we’d never get to our destination. That is because I […]