Florence: Galleries & Gelato

I almost didn’t make it into the Uffizi Gallery because of an oversight. I was apparently supposed to get a placeholder ticket before standing in line and I didn’t know that. It wasn’t until I got to the entrance that I realized that people ahead of me were exchanging a placeholder ticket for an official […]

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Florence Meltdown

My last full day in Florence was a Sunday. I woke up early in the morning and after breakfast, walked to the Accademia Gallery. I’d been told to expect long lines on this day but there weren’t many people queuing up at the time I arrived. The reason the first Sunday of the month holds […]

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Cagnes-sur-Mer & Menton

Cagnes-sur-Mer I visited Musée Renoir today and the grounds are beautiful. It makes me want to move to the South of France and buy a villa. As I was standing on the second floor balcony, I looked to the right and in the distance, high above, was my next destination. I walked from Renoir’s house […]

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Nice: la Colline du Château & some more museums

I spent the first part of the day at the sports museum attached to the Stade de Nice. I’m not a huge sports person but the museum had an amazing exhibition of sports portraits done by C15, a street artist, that had vibrant blues and reds. The second part of my day was spent at […]

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Nice: Jardin Cimiez & Musée des Beaux-arts

I was excited attend a festival today at Cimiez and seeing the ruins there definitely brought back memories. When I arrived at the location though, nothing was happening. People were gathered there but no event was taking place even though the area was decorated for the festival. I went online to check on whether things […]

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Nice Again: Promenade & MAMAC

Back in Nice! I arrived in Nice this morning and I’m staying with V. It was so awesome seeing her and catching up with her. The first order of business was breakfast, which I enjoyed on her lovely balcony, while we chatted about everything. My heart was so filled with joy. I’d really missed her. […]

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Dublin: Museums & Fairs

Museums Today Sarena and I visited the Chester Beatty Library and I wished I had gotten to spend more time in the sacred art section but we were due at Trinity College where we had scheduled a block of time see The Book of Kells. It is purported to be the oldest book world but […]

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Exploring Galway

Sarena and I visited the tourism office of Galway after breakfast then wallked to the cathedral. It is amazing-simply beautiful and one of my favorites. I could feel a sense wholeness being there and I admired, as I usually do, the stained glass works. After I got holy water on my hands and forehead an […]

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Paris Again Vol.1

I hopped onto the noon train for Paris on Thursday after teaching my morning classes. My sister and friend had already left for Paris a day ahead because they had wanted to maximize their time in the city. My sister met me at Gare Montparnasse as I arrived and I asked her all about her […]

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