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Poblenou Cemetery

Our next foray into the life and history of Barcelona was a visit to the Cemetery of Poblenou (meaning new town), the oldest cemetery in Barcelona, created in 1775 by Barcelona’s Bishop Josep Climent as a solution to the lack … Continue reading

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A Question of Art

There are times when what is called art baffles me. People a lot more knowledgeable than me have asked the question: what makes something art? Obviously they’ve answered it, because museums and art galleries are full of paintings, sculpture, etc. … Continue reading

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The Grande Dame of Avenues

The grande dame of Avenues Starting from the main Plaza, Plaça de Catalunya and heading north is Barcelona’s largest, most imposing of avenues, the Passeig de Gracià. Originally known as the “Camino de Jesus,” it was the only road leading … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Churches

La Seu, the Cathedral of Barcelona, is one of the important examples of the Catalan Gothic style, which is plainer and flatter than regular Gothic churches. It is one of the oldest churches in Spain, having been built on two … Continue reading

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The Tivoli Gardens

Halfway through our month-long stay in Rome, we decided to head out to the fabled Tivoli Gardens. I had heard of them as a wonder of beauty and elegance and was curious to see if the reputation held true. We’re … Continue reading

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The Aventino Walking Tour

An off-the-beaten track tour. Rome has been built on seven hills. Its most famous are the Capitoline Hill, the focus of political power for centuries and situated just behind the monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II and home to the Campodoglio … Continue reading

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Lesser-known sites, Part 2

If you want to see how the Roman elite lived, you must go to the Palazzo-Galleria Doria Pamphilj (pronounced Pamphili). It is close to Monument Vittorio Emmanuele II on Via del Corso just off Piazza Venezia. It is the largest … Continue reading

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Lesser-known sites, Part 1

In the past few days, we’ve gone to museums and galleries few tourist who are there for a short time will visit, and I must say it was a great experience. First was the church Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome’s Basilica, … Continue reading

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Rome — Week One

Today is officially our seventh day in Rome. It’s just amazing how fast it goes. I can’t imagine trying to visit the city in three or four days. The line-ups at most of the main attractions are long, sometimes hours … Continue reading

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Rome, day 3

For our first full day in Rome, we decided that we would roam the city as the whim took us, to sink into its atmosphere. Rome is more than old (really old) buildings and churches. It is the incredible colour … Continue reading

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Rome, Day 1 and 2

Our first leg of the trip led us to the train station, where our friend Peggy dropped us off so we could take the Air France bus for the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau airport in Montreal. I couldn’t get rid of this … Continue reading

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Leaving

It’s been a stressful week. Leaving for a month is different than leaving for a couple of weeks. That, or I’m getting older and I find things more stressful. The cat (Slinky) is at my girlfriend Peggy’s. It is the … Continue reading

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Florence — the Ponte Vecchio

“Ponte Vecchio” means “Old Bridge”. In Rome and Florence, the old is much more prevalent than the new, so to call something “old” is somewhat ironic. In this case, however, one of the most well known landmarks of Florence wears … Continue reading

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